We Demand the Protection for Civilians

(Washington, DC) – The American Relief Coalition for Syria, a coalition of 13 humanitarian and development organizations that aid 5.7 million Syrians worldwide, are outraged about the latest developments unfolding in Syria. As the Syrian government and its allies take over Eastern Aleppo, numerous reports show of mass rape, torture, and executions.

ARCS has called for an immediate ceasefire and safe passage for the over 70,000 civilians who are trapped in the besieged areas of 2-4 km of space. Men, women, and children are faced with harrowing life-or-death choices: facing more bombs and airstrikes, fleeing for safety and living as internally-displaced persons (IDPs), or surrendering to the Syrian regime and its fierce militias, which have conducted indiscriminate torture and field executions, including against women and children.

ARCS demands that international humanitarian laws be upheld and civilians be evacuated through a guaranteed safe passage. Our member organizations call on world leaders to end the atrocities in Aleppo and rest of Syria today.

As activists, we call on people everywhere to contact their community leaders and representatives and demand action for protecting innocent lives.

###

The American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) is a 501(c)3 coalition of non-political, Syrian diaspora led humanitarian organizations that provide multi-sector relief inside of Syria, as well as assistance and services to Syrian refugees in regional host countries and in the United States. Together the efforts of ARCS organizations help millions of Syrians, both those who remain in Syria and those displaced as refugees. ARCS programs cover the full range of humanitarian sectors, including health, psychosocial support, community services, education, food and non-food items, protection, water/ sanitation/ hygiene, and women’s empowerment. In addition to emergency relief, ARCS organizations have established development projects that promote sustainable living and lay the groundwork for voluntary refugee return, such as building schools, facilitating jobs and skills training, and helping to establish bakeries and flour mills.  

ARCS Member Organizations are: