The 28th of September 2015 President Obama spoke to the United Nations about American leadership. The President said,
America is the strongest nation in the world, and one of the ways we have always demonstrated that strength is through our compassion for people who are less fortunate.
for him and his country Syria is no exception.
Our government leads the world in contributions to the Syrian crisis, having given $4.5 billion to assist those in need. We have also significantly increased the number of refugees we will admit to the United States, including Syrians. And we continue to work tirelessly towards the political solution that will bring the bloodshed to an end and allow displaced Syrians to return home, as so many wish to do.
But the profound challenges faced by these families cannot be tackled by governments alone. Americans understand this, and many are asking what they can do.
People everywhere in the more prosperous countries should know they can help.
Obama reached out with a plan to help the nearly 12 million Syrians which have been forced from their homes by Syria’s devastating conflict, four million of whom have fled their country.
Syrians given refuge in neighbouring countries are safe from the barrel bombings, chemical attacks, and deadly sieges they faced at home. But with few opportunities to work, most must rely on the international community to meet their most basic needs: a roof over their heads, food on their table, a classroom for their children.
The profound challenges faced by these families cannot be tackled by governments alone. Americans understand this, and many are asking what they can do.
Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and I encourage you to visit AidRefugees.gov and see how you can use your skills, resources, and energy to help Syrians and other refugees in need.