They might not share many views about almost everything, but some of Poland’s best-known names have come together to help a massive drive to raise funds and awareness about a civil war that has so far claimed the lives of at least 70,000 men, women and children.
Polska Akcja Humanitarna (Polish Humanitarian Aid) has mobilised the likes of Lech Wałęsa, Adam Michnik, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Kardynał Stanisław Dziwisz, Anna Dymna, Agnieszka Holland, Krystyna Janda and Andrzej Wajda in support of the survivors of the conflict that has been raging in Syria for some two years.
All of them – and many more – are signatories to a PAH petition calling for action to help provide shelter, food, medicines and more to some four million Syrians who have been affected by the war.
The PAH petition describes the situation in Syria as a humanitarian catastrophe, adding: “Every day that they wait for help is, for the Syrians, another day fighting for survival. [And] the next day they bury the victims of injury or illness.”
It is estimated that some 70,000 people have died in the conflict, with some two million more who have lost their homes. In all, about four million innocent people have suffered in the course of the war.
The petition adds opens: “We, the undersigned we appeal for solidarity and support in saving human lives in war-torn Syria. The brutal and bloody war raging in Syria since March 2011 has claimed about 70,000 civilian lives… the victims of the civil war are primarily children, women and elderly people. We cannot remain indifferent to the suffering of the civilian population.”
How to help:
Make a donation to Bank BPH SA 32 1060 0076 0000 3310 0018 2891
Visit the PAH website to sign the petition and find out other ways in which you can support the campaign.
Picture: Michał Przedlacki/PAH/PIN
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