Syria: Turn The Lights Back On

15 03 2015

Syria Lights

Four years of brutal conflict have plunged Syria’s people into the dark. Satellite images show that 83 percent of the lights in Syria have gone out since March 2011.

Over 200,000 lives have been lost since the conflict in Syria began four years ago. A staggering 11 million people have been forced to flee their homes and three million children are no longer in school.
Now, research has revealed that the population of Syria is living in darkness – satellite images show that in the worst-affected areas like Aleppo, 97 percent of the lights have gone out.

I remember it well. The feeling of hope that rippled out from Syria when men, women and children took to the streets to peacefully call for a change to the repressive rule that had abused their rights for decades. I watched in awe at this movement of ordinary people, proudly standing with them, overwhelmed by the immense courage on display.

Four years later and Syria is in ruins.

This peaceful movement was met with violent repression and the country fell into a bloody conflict. With devastating results. Over 200,000 people have died and millions more have been forced to flee their homes. This week we worked with 130 other organisations to reveal harrowing new research showing that since this crisis began in early 2011, 83 percent of the lights in Syria have gone out.

Four years since the start of the crisis, tell world leaders that they must stand by Syrians

In cities like Aleppo the situation is extreme – satellite images show that 97 percent of lights have gone out since 2011.

Yet in this darkness the hope and courage felt so strongly four years ago still continues.

Dr Hassan is still working in Aleppo. When he was operating on a young boy and the lights failed he found himself in a pitch black theatre. Until, out of the darkness, “the nurse pulled her mobile phone from her pocket and turned it on.” Others in the room did the same, eventually producing “just enough light to allow me to finish repairing his broken little body”.

Stand with them and shine a light in the darkness – sign our petition now

Like me, may sometimes feel that there is no hope in this desperate situation. But when you start to give up or feel despondent, remember Dr Hassan and the nurse who lit his way. And the many others like them in Syria committing unseen acts of heroism every day. Do that, and let their courage drive you to act.

Sign the petition now

continue to stand in solidarity with Syrians demanding their human rights and in defiance against anyone trying to stop them.

Please join us.

Thank you,



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