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CDS AND THE CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE PRESENT “THE REAL REASON BEHIND THE REFUGEE CRISIS” FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH IN STURGIS HALL AT 6:00 PM
Little Rock, AR - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) joins the Clinton School of Public Service in presenting “The Real Reason Behind the Refugee Crisis.” The exhibit, which features photos from the Caesar file, will be displayed at 1200 President Clinton Ave. on January 13th featuring speakers Stephen J. Rapp, Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for global criminal justice; Dr. Jim Hooper, former managing director of the Public International Law and Policy Group; Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force and United for a Free Syria.
An exhibit of 30 images taken by a former Syrian military police photographer, code-named “Caesar” and tasked with photographing corpses of victims who died inside facilities run by the Assad regime, will be on display during the event at the Clinton School. The images are part of a cache of 55,000 photographs taken between 2011 and 2013, and smuggled out of Syria in 2014. The pictures, most of them taken in Syrian military hospitals, show corpses photographed at close range, one at a time as well as in small groupings. Virtually all of the bodies -- thousands of them -- betray signs of torture: gouged eyes; mangled genitals; bruises and dried blood from beatings; acid and electric burns; emaciation; and marks from strangulation. Join us for a panel discussion and photo exhibition with our featured speakers.For those who would like to attend please RSVP and reserve your seats by emailing [email protected] or calling (501) 683-5239.
The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together to bring about a swift end to the conflict and support the establishment of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria. The CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. The CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian American Alliance, Syrian Christians for Peace, the Association of Free Syrians, and the American Syrian Union.