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Refugee agency recommits to serving Syrians despite US ‘retreat’

The Jesuit Refugee Service pledged to continue supporting some of the 11 million displaced Syrians, including 9 million refugees, as the US government’s response to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since World War II is in “retreat.”

Fewer than 50 Syrian refugees have been admitted into the United States to seek protection through resettlement during the current fiscal year, which started on 1st October, the agency noted.

Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20th June, JRS has initiated a petition campaign urging the Trump Administration “to admit more refugees into the US and to support funding for humanitarian assistance for refugees, in particular for the education of Syrian children,” Sarah Carroll, the agency’s communications director, told Catholic News Service.

The United Nations has warned of a “lost generation” as an estimated 1 million Syrian children are missing education. Before the start of the conflict in 2011, Syria had one of the highest literacy rates in the Middle East.

The UN also warned it will have to cut services to refugees unless the international community quickly provides the funds it promised.

Picture: People walk toward the last Syrian government checkpoint while waiting for permission to leave the besieged section of Damascus. The Jesuit Refugee Service pledged to continue supporting some of the 11 million displaced Syrians, including 9 million refugees, as the US government’s response to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since World War II is in “retreat.” (CNS photo/ Omar Sanadiki, Reuters).