Our Department of Outreach has partnered with the Conway coalition to reach the Wisdom House orphanage in Idlib, Sryia and is prepared to connect support and messages of hope to our brothers and sisters across the globe. The community of Conway, Arkansas has established the orphanage as their own, pledging to support and sustain The Wisdom House for years to come. Church, hospital, business, education, and community leaders in Arkansas have come together to create The Wisdom House Project, projecting humanity and compassion for its community and reaching out to those in most need of support. The Conway crew has already provided an electric generator and teachers' salaries for the next year. The orphanage currently has 358 children and 7 staff members. There will be an event featuring SETF's executive director, Mouaz Moustafa, on September 20th and 21st of 2016.
Find out more about this humanitarian project, event, and how you can help children in Syria at www.thewisdomhouseproject.com
Since its outbreak in March 2011, the conflict in Syria has cost the lives of more than 400,000 people, displaced more than 10 million people, and been punctuated by systematic and widespread atrocities and crimes against humanity. As the Assad regime continues its attacks on Syrian civilians, the flow of refugees escaping violence is putting new pressure on the security, economic, and diplomatic challenges on the region and beyond. Join us for a discussion about the longest humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust and options for response.
Check out the US Holocaust Memorial Museum's website for more information about this public event: Website
SETF's executive director, Mouaz Moustafa, is a featured speaker at this event.
The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (HR 5732) Introduced to Congress
On July 14, 2016, Washington, D.C. — Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), the Committee’s Chairman, today announced that they introduced legislation that would impose new sanctions on supporters of Syria’s Assad Regime, encourage negotiations to end the crisis, and kick off investigations into the eventual prosecution of war criminals. Legislation Track Bill on congress.gov
"Congress Introduces Bipartisan Bill Increasing Sanctions on Syria". Retrieved2016-07-15.
The United States Holocaust Museum will display a new exhibit that displays a video called "#SaveSyria." The video reveals visuals of the atrocities happening inside of Aleppo, Syria today, and emphasizes the incredible need for international intervention to protect cilvilians trapped inside the city. Read more... #SaveSyria Video
Photos shine light on Syrian government, prompt calls for action
The shocking images from Syria of masked men triumphantly torturing and butchering prisoners in orange jumpsuits first aroused the world to the Islamic State terrorists’ ferocious campaign to remake the Middle East into a caliphate.
But while these savage displays have helped crystallize global opposition to the rapidly growing threat of ISIS, far less visual documentation exists of the ongoing brutalities perpetrated by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Now, a cache of 55,000 photos smuggled out of Syria last year provides a glimpse into the apparent systematic torture and death of 11,000 civilians between 2011 and 2013 inside two military police facilities in Damascus, one of which is less than a mile from the presidential palace. It’s estimated that 300,000 other prisoners remain in Assad-controlled jails.