Who/What: Local Houstonian peace activists have initiated a “Sky Lanterns for Syria” campaign event to raise awareness about the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and generate funds for children and families suffering under the dictatorship of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Lanterns will be made of rice and bamboo paper material that are eco-friendly and biodegradable. All the proceeds of the event will be going to a humanitarian organization, that delivers food baskets, medical supplies and needs of refugees (Helping Hand For Relief and Development).
See: Helping Hand For Relief and Development “Syria Humanitarian Assistance Fund”
The Syrian regime has launched a brutal crackdown for over 20 months to suppress an uprising for freedom, dignity and democracy. Thousands of Syrians have become victims of indiscriminate attacks characterizing the regime’s bloody crackdown, estimates of over 60,000 people have been killed. Brutal crimes have reportedly claimed the lives of thousands of children, forcing more than half a million families to flee their homes seeking safety in neighboring countries.
See: More Than 60,000 Have Died in Syrian Conflict, U.N. Says (New York Times)
See: Syria Regional Refugee Response (UNHCR)
The sky lanterns that were inspired by the Disney movie “Tangled” are symbols of hope and remembrance for the missing, living and killed. Special lanterns will be dedicated to two American journalists that are still missing: Austin Tice (since August 2012) and James Foley (since November 2012). Community members are praying for their safe return home.
What: Sky Lanterns For Syria
Where: Cafe Mezza & Grille 6100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas 77057
When: Sunday January 13, 2013 from 6pm – 9pm
Visit the Facebook Event Page for more updates. Lanterns will be $10 each