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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at

Monday, April 6, 2015

Marwan was on the operating table when the lights went out

Dear Tracy,

Marwan, a young Syrian boy, was on the operating table when the lights blinked and fizzed out.

"The nurse pulled her mobile phone from her pocket — generating the only light in the pitch-black basement. Others followed suit, producing just enough light to allow me to finish repairing his broken little body." — Dr. Hassan, operating in Aleppo, Syria

Four years of brutal conflict have plunged Syria into a terrifying reality, making life-threatening situations like Marwan's increasingly frequent.
  • 83 percent of lights across Syria have gone out
  • More than 200,000 people have been killed since 2011
  • 11 million people have fled their homes
  • 3 million school-aged Syrian children are no longer in school
The time to act to change these conditions is now. Tell world leaders to take action to restore the lights in Syria.

Last year, the U.N. adopted several resolutions demanding action to provide protection and assistance for Syrians. Despite this, access to relief has not improved for many. Funding for humanitarian efforts is not enough to meet the massive need.

Thousands of Syrians have been killed and more have been displaced than ever before.

The people of Syria deserve much better from the international community — we must work together to turn the lights back on by prioritizing a political solution with human rights at its heart, boosting the humanitarian response for both those inside Syria and refugees, and insisting that all parties put an end to attacks on civilians.

"One should never give up hope. I hold on to any bits of hope because I do not want to fall. Even if I do fall, I must stand up on my feet again in order to support and protect my kids." — Raya, mother of four who fled from Dara'a to a refugee camp in Jordan

Do your part in helping to provide hope by taking action today.

In solidarity,

Sunjeev Bery
Advocacy Director, Middle East North Africa
Amnesty International USA


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