This is a global appeal signed by more than 100 major organisations. The world is calling for peace and this is New Zealand's chance to raise our voices.
Three years ago, the leaders of UN humanitarian agencies issued an urgent appeal to those who could end the conflict in Syria. They called for every effort to save the Syrian people. “Enough”, they said, of the suffering and bloodshed.
That was three years ago.
Now, the war is approaching its sixth brutal year. The bloodshed continues. The suffering deepens. So today, we need you to call on those with the power to make a difference to become a fearless advocate of peace. With a seat on the UN Security Council, New Zealand has a unique role to be a global voice for peace.
More than ever before, the world needs to hear a collective public voice calling for an end to this outrage. Because this conflict and its consequences touch us all. It touches those in Syria who have lost loved ones and livelihoods, who have been uprooted from their homes, or who live in desperation under siege. Today, some 13.5 million people inside Syria need humanitarian assistance. That is not simply a statistic. These are 13.5 million individual human beings whose lives and futures are in jeopardy.
It touches the families who, with few options for a better future, set out on perilous journeys to foreign lands in search of refuge. The war has seen 4.6 million people flee to neighbouring countries and beyond.
It touches a generation of children and young people who – deprived of education and traumatized by the horrors they have experienced – increasingly see their future shaped only by violence.
It touches those far beyond Syria who have seen its violence reach the streets, offices and restaurants closer to their homes.
And it touches all those around the world whose economic wellbeing is affected, in ways visible and invisible, by the conflict.
As citizens of New Zealand, we appeal to our Government to step up efforts for peace. The children of Syria desperately need us to become their relentless champion. We must do all we can to open doors to mediation, propose actions that are both practical and ambitious and suggest what may seem impossible: stop the conflict.
We understand that the path to peace is not easy. But we encourage those who can influence to be steadfast in their call for peace, and we stand behind them in their efforts.
Stop the suffering. End the #SyriaCrisis now.
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