Turkish First Lady Sends Letters to Wives of World Leaders over Syria

Turkish First Lady Emine Erdoğan, wife of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has called on the world community to do more than to just cry over the plight of women and children in Syria.    

In a letter addressed to the wives of world leaders, Emine Erdogan said: “We are in a stage where we must do more than to just cry for Syria. I invite women of the world to take action for Syrian women and children who are stranded to death without food, water and medical aid.”

According to the Turkish presidency’s press center on Monday, the letter quoted the first lady as saying: “More than 600,000 people have been killed in the past five years. Seven million were abandoned from their homes and 5 million had to leave their country.

“Children, women and civilians were slaughtered in the conflicts where chemical weapons have been used. Our hearts can’t take this pain anymore.”

About the indifference of international societies to the situation in Syria, she said: “When all of this is happening before the world’s eyes, the silence of international societies and being indifferent will be a disgrace to human history just like it was in Bosnia and Rwanda.

“As a mother, a woman, but above all as a human, I propound the humanitarian plight in Syria to your conscience.”

About Turkey’s efforts for Syria, she said: “We are hosting three  million people who fled the war and conflict. We couldn’t stand idle by the drama in Aleppo.

“We have opened our hearts to the refugees…Like all the victims who are still under our protection, the Aleppan children, women and men will be our guests until the day they return to their homes.”

In the end, she said: “I believe with all my heart that you will contribute to mobilize the international community in this regard.

“We can open the way to construct a safe, peaceful and prosperous world only if we manage to act together. Hereby, I offer my sincere friendship wishes in the name of me and my country; I wish that 2017 will bring peace and happiness to all mankind.”

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests — which erupted as part of the “Arab Spring” uprisings — with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have been killed and millions more displaced by the conflict.