In March 2011, after successful uprisings in nearby Tunisia and Egypt, Syrians began protesting their government and the president, Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian people were demanding basic freedoms and opposed the oppressive Assad regime. What they got instead is a nearly seven year civil war and what Al Jazeera describes as the “deadliest conflict the 21st century has witnessed so far.”
At the same time, nearly half a world away in the United States, Syrian-born Mouaz Moustafa, began his mission of advocating for the place he once called home by helping to found the Syrian Emergency Task Force. His fight for those killed or displaced by the war is detailed in our interview below, as well as, his take on American policy towards the crisis in Syria.
More than 465,000 Syrians have died due to the war and more than 12 million are either internally displaced (forced from their home but remain in the country) or have sought refuge in another country.
If you’re interested in learning more about the work Moustafa and his team is doing in Syria and to get involved, check out the Syrian Emergency Task Force website.