RADIO PEACE will broadcast to the area inland of the coast for around 100 miles, including the cities of Aleppo, Homs, Hama and Damascus, where the majority of Syria’s population live.
Due to the conflict inside Syria, over 220,000 have been killed. Over 11 MILLION of Syria’s normal population of around 22 million, have been displaced and forced to flee their homes.
Over 5 million have fled into neighbouring countries. The refugees are now living in three main areas - The Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan with easy land access to the most populated areas of Syria. Six million of the displaced Syrians are now living away from their homes, but still inside Syria. 97% of Syrians say they do not want to leave the country.
Israel has allowed a small number of medical emergencies across its border in the Golan heights for treatment. The numbers of refugees who have now travelled still further, to Europe and Egypt is comparatively small.
Refugees in Europe
In early September began to increase towards 275,000. Germany has announced it would take around 800,000 and urged other EU countries to also welcome refugees.
In September 2015 the EU instructed its two dozen or so countries to absorb a share of the 120,000 refugees, who have recently arrived on the continent. There have been many objections to this, with Hungary and Croatia being at loggerheads over numbers of refugees congregating on their borders an d Hugary erecting huge razor-wire topped fences to stop refugees entering their country.
The Syrian conflict is now in its fifth year, but still with no hope in sight of a solution. The number of people fleeing Syria is rising.
Over 5 million have left the country, with most camping in the neighbouring countries. Over a quarter of a million have headed towards Europe, a number that has been escalating over the Summer of 2015. The world ignored this until a picture of 3 year old Syrian boy washed up drowned on a Turkish beach, went viral. Overcrowded small boats are sinking almost daily with dozens of refugees perishing in the waves.
Radio Peace will bring hope of an end to the conflict. The radio station will encourage refugees to remain in the Levant region pending an cessation of hostilities. Less than ten per cent of Syrians want to leave their country (UN survey, May 2015), they simply want an end to the fighting.
Journey from war-torn Syria to the Greek island of Lesbos through the eyes of Malak, a 7-year-old girl, nostalgic for home and friends. More than half a million refugees have crossed the Mediterranean this year, almost 400,000 of them via Greece. (Interview courtesy UNICEF)
EDUCATION - a basic human right.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights,
Our plans for Educational programmes HERE
Any amount, no matter how small, will be used to get RADIO PEACE broadcasts and its messages of hope, peace and harmony heard by refugees throughout the Middle East.
Coupled with educational radio programmes this will help them remain in the Middle East and not subject themselves to traffickers.
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“The biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation.”
UN High Commissioner for Refugees,
António Guterres, July 2015