Kinzinger-Boyle: The world must wake up to the genocide in Syria

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Washington, March 4, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA) penned a joint op-ed highlighting their work in raising awareness for the on-going genocide happening in Syria.
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WASHINGTON, DC – As co-chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable, and Democratic Syria Caucus, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA) penned a joint op-ed highlighting their work in raising awareness for the on-going genocide happening in Syria and how important it is for the international community to wake up and pay attention.

Next week will mark nine years since the war in Syria began. With the current offensive in Idlib, Congressmen Kinzinger and Boyle have been especially outspoken on the need to take action and save the people of Syria from this onslaught by Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers. In response to reports of more deaths and almost one million Syrians fleeing their homes in Idlib, the Congressmen issued a joint statement, which can be found here.

Their joint op-ed was published today by Fox News and the full piece can be found on their website here. An excerpt of the piece can be found below and on Congressman Kinzinger’s website here.  

“The world must wake up to the genocide in Syria”

| By: Adam Kinzinger & Brendan Boyle | March 4, 2020 | FoxNews.com |

“If the United States fails to stand up against war criminals, what does that say about who we are as a nation? And what example does that set for other nations? America is a beacon of hope for those seeking freedom around the world, and as such, we have a responsibility to continue fulfilling that mission for generations to come.

“In the news cycle today, between the mudslinging and partisan rhetoric, bipartisanship is under-reported and often believed to be an impossible feat. But in reality, Democrats and Republicans reach across the aisle every single day in Congress. And we should know, as we represent two different political parties who work together on an important issue that is also severely under-reported: the crisis in Syria.

“March marks nine years since the protests began and war broke out in Syria in 2011. Before the war began, Syria's population was estimated to be 21 million. In 2016, it was estimated that half a million Syrians had been killed while nearly 13 million were displaced. Another staggering statistic? More than 2 million children have been deprived of an education. Life in Syria has changed drastically, and children are growing up with a barrage of bombings that has reduced their homes and communities to rubble.”

“Without question, the international community must wake up to the reality in Syria. We cannot turn a blind eye to the images we see of destruction and death from barrel bomb attacks in Idlib, and we cannot turn off the videos of children gasping for their last breath after a chemical weapon was dropped on their playground in Eastern Ghouta. We cannot continue to look the other way as Assad and his backers continue their genocide in Syria.”

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