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Mon, Jan 14, 2013
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

A Bleak Winter: Providing Needed Aid to Those Fleeing Conflict in Syria

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When: Monday, January 14, 2013
9:30 to 11:00 AM
(with continental breakfast available at 9:00 AM)


Migration Policy Institute
MPI Conference Room 
1400 16th Street, NW
Suite 300 (Third Floor)
Washington, DC 20036


Mort Abramowitz, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation; Former US Ambassador to Turkey; and Overseer, International Rescue Committee

George Rupp, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Rescue Committee 

Fadi Al Khankan, Chair of the Humanitarian Aid Committee, Syrian Expatriates Organization



Kathleen NewlandDirector, Migrants, Migration, and Development, and Refugee Policy Programs, Migration Policy Institute; and Overseer, International Rescue Committee

The humanitarian crisis in and around Syria is intensifying as more people are forced to flee their homes in the face of continuing violence. More than half a million Syrians have left the country, at least two million are internally displaced, and many more have seen their normal lives and livelihoods destroyed. As winter sets in, stocks of food and fuel are dwindling. The strain on neighboring countries is testing their ability to keep borders open to Syrian refugees and international assistance is not keeping up with the growing needs. No one seems to expect an early end to the displacement, even if the Assad regime falls in the near future.

A delegation of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) visited Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq in late November to discuss the humanitarian crisis with refugees, officials from host and donor governments, representatives of international humanitarian organizations and local nongovernmental agencies; and to get a firsthand look at the work of IRC partners and staff who are directly involved in providing assistance to the refugees and to Syrians trapped inside the country. 

Please join MPI and IRC on January 14 to discuss the delegation’s report, augmented by the perspective of Dr. Al Khankan, representing the Syrian Expatriates Organization, an organization of Syrian professionals who are raising funds, sending critically needed supplies, and providing direct humanitarian assistance within Syria. The discussion will be moderated by MPI’s Kathleen Newland, who is an IRC overseer and was a member of the delegation that produced the report.

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