Samira, her husband Wael and their newborn son Mohammed are just three of the more than 11 million Syrians who have been driven from their homes since conflicted erupted six years ago. The family escaped eastern Aleppo in 2012 to the safer western part of the city. Even though the journey was short, it was still treacherous.
They were forced to flee with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Since they did not have a marriage certificate or proper identification with them, they were forced to dodge checkpoints and were more vulnerable to harassment, extortion and exploitation.
Without a marriage certificate, they were unable to register the births of Mohammed and their second child Shaza, which could have prevented them from accessing education and healthcare. With the help of the UN Refugee Agency, Samira and Wael received legal support to officially register their marriage and obtain birth certificates for their children.
USA for UNHCR aims to connect Americans like you to the critical work being done by the UN Refugee Agency. Working with local partners, UNHCR is helping thousands more Syrians obtain official documentation — as well as providing protection, food, clean water and healthcare to millions of people fleeing conflict.
Show your compassion for people like Samira, Wael, Mohammed and Shaza. Sign this petition to stand #WithRefugees. Use your voice to call on the international community to redouble its support for refugees and those still trapped in Syria.
More than 11 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes since conflict erupted six years ago.
Many escaped with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Lacking proper documentation puts these vulnerable people at even greater risk. Without birth certificates, identification cards or marriage licenses, they cannot access the vital services they need. Their movement is hindered and they are more susceptible to harassment, extortion and exploitation.
As an American, I believe we must help people in their time of greatest need.
I stand with the UN Refugee Agency in their mission to reach everyone in need, by any means possible, with lifesaving aid and protection. But without enough support, food and cash assistance will be reduced or will not reach Syrians trapped inside their country and those who’ve fled across borders.
I stand with the UN Refugee Agency to ensure every refugee child gets an education.
I stand with the UN Refugee Agency to ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live.
I stand with the UN Refugee Agency to ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to make a positive contribution to their community.
I stand #WithRefugees.