THE Amnesty Group at a Colwyn Bay school have been busy raising awareness and funds for Syrian refugees.
On Tuesday, October 6 the Rydal Penrhos School group held a collection event in the quad area of the school, where pupils and staff were asked to give their loose change to help aid refuges of the war torn country.
This event was held just a few days following the groups’ collaboration with the Amnesty Group at Ysgol Eirias, who organised a powerful and poignant demonstration on the plight of Syrian Refugees on Friday, October 2.
Amnesty Group leader Mary Richardson, said: “The pupils were all keen to do something to both help and keep the suffering currently being experience by Syrian refugees in the spotlight.
“Thanks must go to Eirias Amnesty who allowed us to join in on their demonstration, which was an incredible success and was a chilling picture into what is currently happening.
Members of the Rydal Penrhos School Amnesty Group at their collection event, which was raising funds for Syrian Refugees
“Events like this are important as it is easy to let something like the situation in Syria fall to the back of your mind, and the students are to be congratulated for taking an initiative and being proactive to raise awareness.”
More than 100 campaigners, which included 40 pupils from both schools joined forces for the “Don’t let them down” protest, which saw group members’ line up in body bags along the beach near Colwyn Bay derelict Victoria Pier.
An estimated 9million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighbouring countries or within Syria itself.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, over 3million have fled to Syria's immediate neighbours Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
Figures also show that 6.5million are internally displaced within Syria, while under 150,000 Syrians have declared asylum in the European Union.
Syria’s foreign minister said his country will join UN-led working groups as part of Geneva talks which will determine the country’s fate.
Member states have pledged to resettle a further 33,000 Syrians, with the vast majority of these resettlement spots – 28,500 or 85 per cent – pledged by Germany.