Fundraiser hopes to raise awareness for Syria

Members of a family arrive on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – A fundraiser was held in Fishers Saturday evening for the Syrian American Medical Society.

The organization provides medical assistance within Syria.

Paula and Ed Kassig were there, but not to talk about their son, Abdul Rahman Kassig, rather to offer support for the work he was doing

“The work that you do meets the immediate needs of Syrians and that is near and dear to his heart,” said Paula Kassig.

“He’s not the only one suffering he’s not the only one held, he’s not the only one left in Syria’s struggle for justice,” said Ed Kassig.

The United Nations reports nearly 200,000 people have been killed since 2011. And nearly 9 million have been forced from their homes. 3 million refugees are living in neighboring countries

“Unfortunately what’s happening in Syria is war. By all means, war,” said Wael Bakdash, President of the Indiana Chapter of SAMS

They also say medical staff and doctors are being targeted. It’s forcing hospitals literally underground.

“To protect themselves to protect their facilities to protect their patients,” said Tarek Kteleh, VP of SAMS

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