Diplomatic talks known as the Geneva II Talks, which many see as the best chance for reaching the immediate goal of a ceasefire and stopping the war in Syria, are due to start Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Montreux, Switzerland.
As the negotiations draw closer, all parties are maneuvering to enter the negotiations from a position of strength, and the last weeks have seen a spike in news of death, displacement, and destruction.
Two million people and counting have fled Syria to escape the fighting, each one leaving behind everything familiar in their daily lives. Their arrival in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey is straining their neighbors' economies and public services. Learn more about this growing international problem.
Is there a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crises and if so what is it? How do we prevent 1,000 people being killed a week in that country? What is our responsibility as a people and as a nation to prevent the genocide that is happening?
Sherry Hutchison is one of 115 people who signed a petition against U.S. military action in Syria. At 94 years young, Sherry is an active member of Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting. More photos from the vigil here.
LOCAL PEACE GROUPS DELIVER LETTERS TO IOWA CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES
Representatives are acknowledged for opposing war in Syria and asked to oppose drone warfare
A young boy in Idlib, Syria, looking at what is left of his house after an attack.
The ongoing civil war in Syria is causing death to thousands and displacement to millions. In response, AFSC has partnered with Responding to Conflict to support a network of Syrians who, in their words, “believe in nonviolence as a means of achieving freedom, equality, dignity, and mutual coexistence to be one community of citizens in all its sects and identities.”
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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