Marking the 3rd Anniversary of the Syria uprising

The conflict in Syria is the greatest humanitarian crises of our times. It has raged for nearly three years, claimed the lives of over 130,000 people, and forced nearly 9 million people from their homes. Sustained action around the world is needed to get sufficient aid to all those caught up in the Syria crisis and to make progress towards a political solution to the conflict.

In March 2014, the third anniversary of the Syria uprising will act as a tragic reminder to the world of its failure to stop the suffering. With more than 11,000 children killed in the conflict, and a million more living as refugees, the need for a powerful campaign calling for action is greater than ever before.

Throughout March 2014, the anniversary will be used to mobilise individuals and organisations around the world using the simple unifying symbol of light and will culminate in lighting up / projecting onto global iconic landmarks to shine a light of hope for Syria. The aim of projecting onto globally-recognised buildings is to turn iconic images around the world into symbols of hope and solidarity with those affected by the crisis.

The event and lighting up of Trafalgar Square in London on 13 March from 6-7pm and other global landmarks will create the potential for a front page media moment with a specific global social media strategy designed to disseminate the images across the world and garner support from the public for Syrian children and families affected by the fighting and for a campaign action.

The coalition includes agencies from across global civil society, including Amnesty International, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Doctors of the World, FIDH, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Save the Children, The International Rescue Committee, War Child, and World Vision. We are also linking with the ‘No Lost Generation’ campaign, including UNICEF and UNHCR.

Further information http://www.syriavigil.org/en

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