As Nation Celebrates MLK’s Birthday, Local Syrians Call Upon Americans to Heed His Principles

“Our lives begin to end the day we are silent about things that matter” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
The memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the principles of peace and justice that he championed live on. As the nation celebrated his birthday this weekend, members of the Washington, DC area Syrian-American community and supporters held a rally at King’s memorial in our Nation’s Capital to reflect upon those principles and to call upon the world to no longer stay silent as death and destruction at the hands of Syria’s dictatorial President, Bashar Assad continues in their Syrian homeland.
 
The demonstrators then marched to the White House to demand that the Obama Administration help break the sieges on cities across Syria. The rally was part of an International Day to Break Hunger Siege in Syria.
 
Over 400,000 people in Syria are living in beisged areas with little or no access to food. In Madaya, 40,000 civilians are dying of starvation because of the siege imposed on the city by the Assad Regime and its Iranian backed terrorist militia, Hezbollah. From Madaya to Moadamiyeh to Ghouta, Darayya and Deir Ezzor, the Assad regime continues to use food as a weapon of war. This is a war crime and a crime against humanity. The demonstrators called upon the international community to act now to protect Syria’s civilians before there are no more Syrians or civilians left.

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