[Marxism] UN initiates social media campaign “Yarmouk: How much longer?”

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Sun Jan 19 22:50:39 MST 2014

This is what I'll be doing tomorrow to honor the memory of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.

      UN social media campaign urges end to Yarmouk camp’s plight

> Several UN agencies and human rights groups are inviting the public to
> join a social media campaign to draw attention to the plight of
> thousands of civilians, including Syrians and Palestinians, besieged
> with no access to food or medical care in Yarmouk
> <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/yarmouk> camp in Damascus.
> “We represent a broad range of UN and other organizations … united by
> our horror at the pitiless conflict that is devastating civilian life
> in Yarmouk, Damascus, and throughout Syria,” the groups say
> <https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/8170-yarmouk-how-much-longer?locale=en>.
> The social media campaign “Yarmouk: How much longer?
> <https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/8170-yarmouk-how-much-longer?locale=en>”
> – which organizers hope will reach 23 million people – has been
> initiated by UNRWA <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/unrwa>, the UN
> agency for Palestine refugees, using the website Thunderclap.
> It aims to put pressure on all participants in the scheduled Geneva
> peace talks on Syria
> <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25804848> “to lift the
> restrictions on Yarmouk refugee camp and all areas of humanitarian
> need in Syria.”
>     Starvation
> Several dozen people are reported to have starved to death
> <http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/palestinians-trapped-syria-war-denied-aid-stalked-starvation>
> in recent months, amid widespread malnutrition
> <http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/profound-civilian-suffering-syrias-besieged-yarmouk-camp>
> in the camp which has been closed to humanitarian access since July.
> Access to at least one of the camp’s entrances is controlled by the
> Syrian army, while armed groups opposing the Syrian government control
> large areas inside the camp.
> Yarmouk was home to some 160,000 people before the fighting. While
> much of the camp has been destroyed, today about 18,000 people remain
> trapped inside, many of them women and children.
> The campaign is backed by UNICEF
> <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/unicef>, the UN Office for the
> Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
> <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/un-ocha>, UN High Commissioner for
> Refugees <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/unhcr>, Human Rights
> Watch <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/human-rights-watch>, and
> dozens of other
> <https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/8170-yarmouk-how-much-longer?locale=en>
> civil society, Arab and Palestinian groups around the world.
>     How to take part
> To take part in the campaign, social media users are invited to go to
> the Thunderclap page for the “Yarmouk: How much longer?”
> <https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/8170-yarmouk-how-much-longer?locale=en>
> campaign.
> There, you can sign up using your Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr account.
> When you sign up, you are authorizing the UNRWA-led campaign to post
> the campaign’s message to your Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr timeline.
> The preset message – which users can customize – is: “We demand access
> to #Yarmouk & all vulnerable civilians in #Syria. How much longer will
> they be left to suffer?”
> Between now and late on 21 January, the campaign aims to sign up
> supporters. It will then post the message to the accounts of everyone
> who signed up, for maximum impact.
> As of this writing, 128 supporters with a total social media reach of
> more than 7 million people had signed up.
> Participants include the social media accounts for some of the UN
> agencies that collectively have millions of followers.
Linux Beach has also published these recent posts about the situation in

      How Not to Be in Solidarity with Palestinians Refugees in Yarmouk

      Mondoweiss: While you were neutral about Yarmouk

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