When I updated you just weeks ago about the situation in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, the news was already devastating. In the days since, it's gotten even worse.
The number of people killed rises daily, and thousands of women and families are still trapped in barely fortified cellars as the relentless bombs explode around them. Now, evidence of chemical attacks is emerging, adding to the barrage of deadly threats.
Our Syrian partners shared one woman's description of what it's like to spend a night in one of these shelters...
"...loud sounds and terrible lights coming from the bombs dropped by the planes and rockets exploding around you...everyone in the basement wakes up. Some women are crying, and others calm their children. You don't have any choice but to close your eyes and ears, and pray to finish this long night. The next night will be even more horrible."
Your support allows us to send humanitarian aid to our partners in Syria, including food supplies, and to help rebuild their women's center that was destroyed by an airstrike. Thank you for standing with us and with our partners under siege.
If you're in New York City tonight, please join us at 6:00pm in Ralph Bunche Park (1st Ave and 42nd Street) for a rally in solidarity with the people of Syria and to demand an immediate ceasefire. Look for the MADRE banner if you'd like to join us.
Thank you again for your solidarity and support.
P.S. Seven years ago today, the Syrian people rose up to demand rights and democracy. Today, women and families there are trapped in a brutal war and facing terrible human rights violations. We're committed to supporting Syrian women and families, providing urgent aid and standing with them on the long road to recovery and justice. Thank you for making this vital work possible.