Omran-Daqneesh

WP4H Supports Syrian Physicians With Petition

Dear President Obama and Members of Congress:

We, the undersigned members of Women Physicians For Humanity, along with our physician colleagues and the community at large, come together in support of the message sent to President Obama recently by the last remaining physicians in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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Dear President Obama and Members of Congress:

We, the undersigned members of Women Physicians For Humanity, along with our physician colleagues and the community at large, come together in support of the message sent to President Obama recently by the last remaining physicians in the Syrian city of Aleppo. While the recent cease-fire is encouraging, we implore our leaders to uphold it and continue to pursue peace in Syria.

By now, we have all seen the images of Syrian cities ravaged by war, as well as children suffering and dying.

We cannot forget the images of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed ashore during his family’s desperate journey, and of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh’s rubble-caked body sitting in shock after his family was buried in rubble from the most recent round of bombings of Syrian civilians.

For five years, Syrian children and their families have faced terror, suffering, and death on a daily basis. In that time, according to human rights groups, an estimated 470,000 have been killed and millions injured, imprisoned, tortured, or displaced. In violation of international humanitarian law, hospitals and medical personnel have been targeted and relentlessly bombed.

As physicians who have taken an oath and have an obligation to our fellow human beings, we cannot stand by and allow this situation to continue. Many of us are parents; we feel particular anguish for the starving, injured, orphaned, and murdered children of Syria. The images of children who are suffering and dying – different from our children only by circumstance of birth – represent the horrific range of choices available to Syrian families: death in Syria or death seeking refuge elsewhere.

It is incumbent upon us to add our voices to the call of our colleagues in Aleppo and amplify their plea to our country’s leaders to work with the global community to:

1. Immediately end all attacks on civilian populations in Syria from all sides. Ensure that the recent ceasefire is the first step to ending the conflict once and for all. End all attacks on schools. Provide sustained access to besieged areas.

2. Immediately end all attacks on medical facilities, medical transports, medical professionals and patients.

3. Advocate for humanitarian interventions and medical treatment of civilians in Syria freely and separately from any political bargaining

Signed-

Ayesha Fatima, MD
Chair, Women Physicians for Humanity
Vice-President, Syrian American Rescue Network

Sanjana Karim, MD FAPA
Associate Chair, Women Physicians for Humanity

Alison Hayward, MD MPH
Treasurer, Women Physicians for Humanity

Esther Choo, MD MPH
Board of Directors, Women Physicians for Humanity

Yasmine Khalil, DO MS
Board of Directors, Women Physicians for Humanity

Sima Toussi, MD
Board of Directors, Women Physicians for Humanity

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September 11th, 2016 View Profile

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