War has raged in Syria for more than two years now with devastating human cost. Over 100,000 people have been killed and around 8 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Since January this year, 200,000 new refugees have fled Syria every month and by the end of the year the total is expected to reach 3.5 million. These are simply staggering numbers that will continue to climb without a political solution to the crisis.
That’s why Oxfam has teamed up with 14 humanitarian organisations from around the world to launch a new petition calling for urgent peace talks on Syria. As part of this campaign, we’re asking people to sign our petition to push Presidents Putin and Obama to work quickly to organise the peace talks they have promised.
Why are we calling for peace talks in Syria now? Peace talks are just the first step towards a full peace process and an ultimate end to the war in Syria, but they are a vital step to ensure that Syrians have the opportunity to create a future without conflict. The leaders hosting the talks must work to bring together all sides involved in the war, plus representatives of the millions of peaceful Syrians not part of any military group, including refugees and women’s groups.
Why are we targeting Presidents Putin and Obama? Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama promised to host peace talks on Syria months ago, but they have yet to deliver on this promise. This petition is one way to hold Obama and Putin to account for that promise. It is clear that multiple parties need to be involved to make genuine peace talks a success and Presidents Putin and Obama have significant influence to use in getting them to the negotiating table.
What can I do? If you want to see Syria move one step closer to a political solution to this crisis, sign this petition today to call on Putin and Obama to urgently set a date for Syria peace talks. If you’ve already signed the petition, why not share it with your friends and family?
This is one way that you can show your support for the millions of Syrians affected by the crisis. Liqaa’ is a 23 year old Syrian refugee living in Jordan. She was forced to flee Syria for her life, and now lives with her husband in Za’atari refugee camp where Oxfam is working to provide water and sanitation facilities. She is eight months pregnant, and unsure about what the future holds for her family:
“Our children are crying for peace. We’ve shed enough tears and blood already. What we need is an end to the suffering. That is my dream.”
What if I don’t? On current estimates, around 5,000 people are killed every month in Syria. That’s equivalent to 161 people every single day. Peace talks, as a first step in a more comprehensive peace process, are the only meaningful way to bring about a swift end to the bloodshed.
That’s why we need your support today. Help us call on Presidents Putin and Obama to commit to a timetable for peace talks urgently.