Demand Support for Syrian Earthquake Victims by Emailing and Calling Congress
With only one or five minutes, you can make a difference today!
Contact your local representative to ask that members of Congress co-sponsor draft legislation that calls for the immediate opening of all humanitarian access points in Syria to facilitate the swift delivery of aid to those who urgently need it in northwest Syria.
Do you have one minute? All you have to do is enter your information below.
Do you have five minutes? Call your local representative.
When you call let your Congressional office know that:
You call on them to signal their support for the Syrian people by co-sponsoring the current text of the resolution and calling for the immediate opening of all humanitarian access points on the Turkey and Syrian border. It also calls for a mechanism to ensure that the aid provided to Syria reaches all the people who need it, preventing aid from being stolen or misused.
The resolution will be introduced by Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) and has many bipartisan supporters. If their office would like to sign on, please direct them to contact [email protected] at Congressman Joe Wilson’s office.
The following are additional points you can relay to your representative and their staff:
- More than 37,000 people perished in the earthquake in one week across northern Syria and southern Turkey.
- It took five days for earthquake humanitarian assistance to trickle into northwest Syria. During this time, groups like the White Helmets worked on their own tirelessly to rescue as many people as possible, given their limited resources.
- For years, the regime has prevented aid from crossing from regime areas to the northwest. On top of that, they have worked with their Russian allies at the United Nations to systematically close the border crossings between northwest Syria and Turkey, preventing cross-border aid deliveries.
- A recent report by top international barristers and lawyers found that a United Nations Security Council Resolution is not needed for the lawful continuation of UN-coordinated cross-border aid into Syria.
- The resolution counters the history of the weaponization of aid by the Assad regime against Syrians outside of his regime’s control. Following the tragedy, the hardest hit areas of Syria are in the northwest, the last non-regime-held area of Syria.
Email us at [email protected] and let us know how your call went.
Linked is our Earthquake Crisis Response Center, where you can view additional information on the policy positions of the Syrian American Council following the earthquake.