(Washington, DC) - Secretary of State John Kerry stated Friday “war crimes in Syria beg the appropriate investigations.” As the nearly six-year-long Syrian conflict intensifies, humanitarian organizations are expressing anger and serious concerns over the inaction of world powers. The American Relief Coalition for Syria, (ARCS) a non-political coalition of 13 Syrian American humanitarian organizations that aid over 5.7 million Syrians in the country and worldwide, supports Kerry’s statement.
Lena Arkawi, campaign manager and spokesperson of ARCS stated:
“As Syrians, we appreciate Secretary Kerry’s request for war crimes investigations. It legitimizes the injustices Syrians suffer and honors the hundreds of thousands we have lost. And as Americans, we are grateful that our leaders are now waking up to the realities of war crimes that are being committed in the country.”
Suzanne Sahloul, executive director of the Syrian Community Network, an ARCS member organization working to resettle Syrian refugees in America said:
“The resettled Syrian refugee families that SCN serves, especially those from Aleppo are gravely worried that their city will be extinct in just a matter of weeks. To us, Kerry’s call for investigations means everything. The idea that a city is being wiped off the face of the planet is unfathomable. Every day that passes, a little more of our once beloved Syria is destroyed. We pray that Aleppo and wider Syria are saved and the war ends. We pray that justice will be served and we can rebuild our country.”