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About This Event

Time: March 15, 2021, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT

Ticket: Free, Registration Required

Location: Virtual Event

  • Syrian refugees walk several miles to cross the border into Jordan where they are transported to Zaatari refugee camp in 2014. Lucian Perkins for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Syrian refugees walk several miles to cross the border into Jordan where they are transported to Zaatari refugee camp in 2014. Lucian Perkins for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

March 15 marks the tenth anniversary of the deadly conflict in Syria. This decade of violence has cost the lives of more than 500,000 Syrians and displaced more than 12 million—over half the Syrian population—as part of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. We come together at this somber moment to stand in solidarity with the Syrian people and let them know they have not been forgotten.

This commemoration will be held in cooperation with the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Syrian survivors will speak and we will receive an update on the risks facing civilians in Idlib, western Aleppo, Assad detention centers, and northeastern Syria, as well as the current implementation of justice and accountability measures.

The event will be available in English and Arabic.

Speakers
The Honorable Robert Menendez, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The Honorable James Risch, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The Honorable Gregory Meeks, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Honorable Michael McCaul, Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Honorable Adam Kinzinger, Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Co-Chair, Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus

Special Remarks
Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dora Klayman, Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer

Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez, Syrian doctor, epidemiologist, and activist

Amina Khoulani, Founder, Families for Freedom, and survivor of Assad regime detention and torture centers

Statement from Caesar, Syrian military defector

This digital program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. A link to join the program will be sent to you prior to the event.

For more information, please contact calendar@ushmm.org.