Syrian refugees seen in a camp set up by Turkish Red Cresdent in Turkish town of Yayladagi in Hatay province, Turkey, Friday, June 10, 2011. The region borders Turkey, which said Wednesday it would open the border to Syrians fleeing violence.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Local Muslims and their friends and family are pausing to remember people killed in Syria. They're also asking you to become aware of what's going on and to urge others to help.
The Bay County Islamic Society and local chapter of the Syrian American Council held an informational event at Gulf Coast State College Saturday evening.
Calling it "Genocide in Syria", the event was an effort to create awareness and spark action.
"Through social media, many people are becoming more aware and that's definitely helping the Syrian people but they are appealing to us to do more. They need our financial help. They need us to pressure our politicians to do something because it’s been going on for way too long and it needs to stop," said Reem, a local with family in Syria who does not wish to disclose her last name.
The International Red Cross is trying to help people leave the besieged city of Homs. The Red Cross says last night it was only able to take out fewer than thirty people starting with women and children.