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Nearly 100 humanitarian organizations and UN agencies urge public to join them in speaking out to end suffering in Syria

2016-01-20

TORONTO/NEW YORK, January 21, 2016 – Almost 100 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies* issued a powerful joint appeal today, urging people around the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians.

 
The appeal also outlines a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria.
 
Members of the public can “sign” the appeal themselves, simply by sharing it, retweeting it or liking it on social media platforms – the organizations are carrying the appeal on all their social media channels, along with a compelling 60-second video highlighting the impact of nearly 60 months of conflict in Syria. 
 
The full text of the appeal is available here: http://uni.cf/syriaappeal
 
The video for the appeal is available here: http://uni.cf/syria60.
 
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*Note to Editors
 
The number of humanitarian organizations and UN agencies signing the appeal as of Tuesday 19 January was 93. That number is expected to increase as the appeal goes public today.
 
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