#WithSyria Campaign

 

More than 100,000 dead. 2.2 million refugees. The severity of the Syrian crisis is often expressed in numbers. 

But it's the personal stories behind them that really matter. To ensure the violence stops, these stories need to be heard.

To mark three years of the conflict in Syria, on 15 March 2014, thousands of people in over 40 countries around the world joined together in solidarity. 

Vigils were held in refugee camps in Jordan, in major capitals such as London, Moscow and Washington DC, and in places that have themselves experienced very recent conflict, including Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

The voices were diverse, but the call was one of unity. "Leaders: do everything you can to make sure the people of Syria do not lose another year to bloodshed and suffering".

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Children join the global #WithSyria vigil at Zaatari camp in Jordan

Muath Freij/Oxfam

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There is always hope

Celebrities supported #WithSyria in a variety of creative ways, including British street artist Banksy who made headlines with his reworked 'Girl With A Red Balloon' artwork featuring the words 'there is always hope'. 

This inspired celebrities and supporters to tweet pictures of themselves with red balloons as a symbol of hope. To see photos from the global vigils take a look at the #WithSyria Flickr page

Leaders pledge support for Syria

Across the UK, campaigners sent postcards to their MPs to share the stories of Syrians and call for leaders to do more to secure peace.The UK International Development Minister Justine Greening promised that the 'UK will continue to do everything it can to prevent another year of suffering.'

World leaders, including Prime Ministers, secretaries of state, and EU commissioners pledged their support.

Social media amplifies the message

Governments were no doubt moved to speak, in part, by the overwhelming display of public pressure. As well as attending vigils, people took to Twitter in their thousands. 

#WithSyria was trending around the world, from America to Japan, from the UK to Saudi Arabia, and in Syria itself - reaching over 375 million people.

Thank you

The media generated by these heartfelt pledges of support and solidarity have served to provide a poignant reminder to world leaders that the bloodshed must not continue for a fourth year. Oxfam will continue to pressure leaders to ensure the pledges are kept to.

Thanks to everyone that has donated, campaigned, and generated media for this campaign. Your support is helping keep Syria's hopes alive.