We are proud to be highlighting the work of humanitarian and civil society groups both outside and within Syria that are striving for a free Syria.
Child Refugee Campaign: In 2021, a number of British artists will launch a public campaign to highlight the plight of Syrian children who fled their country for Europe. Lasting from April to July, “The Walk” involves an over 11-foot puppet known as Little Amal traveling on foot from the Syrian-Turkish border through seven countries before reaching its destination in Manchester, England. The Guardian reported that along the pre-selected route a series of major street parties and city performances to more intimate community events will be held.
Fighting COVID in Idlib: The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is highlighting its efforts to meet the health challenges in northwestern Syria presented by the COVID-19 virus. They interviewed Dr. Salah Al-Saleh, an ICU specialist who works at the recently built Al-Zara’a Hospital. He warned that only a small portion of the public is cognizant of the danger and wears masks. In response, hospital officials are in constant communication with the Health Directorate and other local and international organizations to join forces to educate the public about the virus. This involves conducting educational courses and awareness campaigns, but Dr. Saleh admitted more support is needed from the international community. A recent report by the Center for Global Policy analyzes the Assad regime’s response to the pandemic, concluding that NGOs and UN agencies, such as SAMS have stepped up to the crisis response, despite dealing with suspicion and surveillance by the regime.
Civil Society Empowerment: UN Women announced it seeks to expand its partnerships with women civil society groups working for Syria. Specifically, they are requesting the submission of proposals to find responsible to implement their program titled, “Supporting Syrian women’s engagement in the Syrian political process: Building a Constituency for Peace”. Submissions from interested parties have a deadline of October 30.