Thursday June 18, 2015

Lifeline Syria aims to bring 1,000 refugees to Toronto

Local resident Israa holds her sister Boutol as they make their way through rubble of damaged buildings in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus March 4, 2015.

Local resident Israa holds her sister Boutol as they make their way through rubble of damaged buildings in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus March 4, 2015. (REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh)

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Residents queue to receive humanitarian aid at Yarmouk refugee camp. (Reuters)

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the number of Syrian refugees currently sits at nearly 4 million. Another 7 million Syrians are internally displaced. 

A new initiative launched yesterday called Lifeline Syria has set up a goal to bring 1,000 Syrian refugees to the Greater Toronto Area. The initiative draws inspiration from Canada's response to the so-called boat people crisis in 1979, which saw 60,000 refugees resettled here.

The 40th anniversary of the 'boat people' coming to Canada 

Leen Al Zaibak is a member of the steering committee of Lifeline Syria and co-founder of Jusoor, an organization that heldps Syrian youth continue their education. She was in our Toronto studio. 

While private organizations such as Lifeline Syria doing their best to help resettle refugees, with over 50 million refugees worldwide, Amnesty International says current global efforts are simply not enough, and more needs to be done.

Alex Neve is the Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada's English Branch. He was in Ottawa.
 

This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant and Pacinthe Mattar.