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Philly group gathers to help people of Syria

Saturday, August 04, 2012

As the civil war continues in Syria, and the death toll continues to climb, one group is doing everything it can to help.

The group Philly for Syria met at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday.

"They need help. There are kids there. They need food and they need supplies and they don't have that at the end of the day," said organizer Abdur Farhan.

Philly for Syria is a student led organization supporting Syrians who are suffering in the wake of the revolution that began March of last year.

The battle between pro-government and rebel fighters has displaced 2 million people, many whom need essentials this group is trying to supply.

"I don't want to get into the politics about it at all. The reason we're doing this is for humanity, for the people who are injured right now, the people who need supplies," Farhan said.

There were people here from different Islamic countries who are attending universities in Philadelphia.

There were also Syrians who didn't want to speak on camera, afraid the publicity would cause harm to family members who are still stuck in the middle of the violent and deadly civil war.

"We just don't know how to talk about it. We don't talk about it, really. They're hurt, you can tell they're very, very hurt," said organizer Ahmed Vachir.

Philly for Syria is hoping to raise $100,000 to give to humanitarian non-profit Syria Relief and Development, which will provide medical and food aid.

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