– PRESS RELEASE –
CIOGC condemns Syrian regime for massacre and use of chemical weapons
(CHICAGO, 8/22/13) – The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) is appalled and saddened by the reports of the recent massacre in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria where there is strong indication of the use of chemical weapons against civilians.
More than 1,300 civilians have been reported dead and thousands have been treated for what seems to be an exposure to internationally prohibited nerve gas. Half of the victims were women and children who perished when several civilian areas around Damascus were attacked with chemical weapons during Wednesday’s early morning hours.
Horrific videos showing helpless victims being rushed into field hospitals and medical centers with minimal equipment and depleted supplies are being uploaded to the Internet and broadcast across various media outlets. Medical teams and volunteers, who are also suffering symptoms from exposure, are attempting to save as many lives as possible. Pale, wet corpses with no obvious wounds or other injuries cover the floors of the field hospitals and medical centers, while victims being taken in by medical staff have been seen with blue lips – gagging and gasping for air. We especially found the sight of the high number of motionless bodies of children and infants being held by crying parents or desperate rescuers heartbreaking and tragic.
“For more than two years, the international community has stood in silence as the Syrian people have been killed with guns, tanks, helicopters, SCUD missiles and now chemical weapons,” said Dr. Zaher Sahloul, past Chairman of CIOGCand President of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). “The United Nations has proven to be ineffective in saving the lives of innocent civilians, and we have reached the pinnacle of ineffectiveness as the attack took place with the U.N. investigative team present a mere 20 miles away,” he added.
CIOGC invites its faith partners to join us in condemning the massacre and the use of internationally prohibited chemicalweapons by the Syrian regime. “We call on President Obama to use effective means to end the suffering of the Syrianpeople and prevent further use of chemical weapons,” said Dr. Mohammed Kaiseruddin, CIOGC Chairman and Co-Founder. He went on to say, “We ask our community members and our faith partners to pray for the victims and their families, designate next Friday as a day of prayer for Syrian children, and contribute to humanitarian assistance efforts, and call the White House and Congress to urge actions to end the daily massacres in Syria.”
CIOGC urges you to take action:
Call the White House: 202-456-1111
The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago is a unifying federation of 58 Islamic organizations, and is the leading advocate of Muslim community interests throughout the metropolitan Chicago region.