October 21, 2015
On October 29, 2015, IFHHRO member Physicians for Human Rights and the Syrian American Medical Society are organizing a vigil or “die-in” in New York to call attention to the crimes affecting health care and medics in Syria. So far, more than 670 medical professionals have been killed in the Syrian crisis; over 95% of these deaths presumably are by Syrian government forces.
Since the start of the crisis in Syria, physicians, hospitals, and ambulances have been systematically targeted and indiscriminately bombed, PHR and SAMS state. “Each of these attacks is a war crime, and together they amount to crimes against humanity. However, these crimes are almost daily occurrences in Syria. The constant threat of violence has forced thousands of physicians to flee the country, leaving the healthcare system decimated.”
On October 29, the organizers hope to gather 670 people wearing white coats, each representing a different Syrian health worker who has been killed. The aim of the meeting is to stand in solidarity with Syrian healthcare professionals who risk their lives to save others in Syria.
When: Thursday, October 29 at 12pm EST
Where: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (East 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York City
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