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