Sunday 27 April 2014 - 11:16
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Syrian-American medics try to bring attention back to Syria crisis
The local Syrian-American community in Panama City, Florida, is trying to bring awareness back to the agony Syrians experience in the war-torn country through a fundraiser.
They're trying to gather enough funds to send medical supplies to Syria. One of the core problems in Syria is that the healthcare infrastructure is nearly gone in a majority of the country.

Members of the Syrian-American Medical Society and local residents are raising money to help out with that crisis.

They haven't set a fundraising goal and are simply asking instead for any sort of donation. The bottom line is that there aren't enough medical supplies in Syria.

Right now the society sends about two containers full of medical necessities to those in need.

"There is a humanitarian crisis that has not been seen since World War II. This is unparalleled and has not been seen and the world has not really taken it seriously," said Dr. Oussama Rifai of the Syrian-American Medical Society.

The United Nations recently released some updated statistics on the situation in Syria.

Some reports say right now 200,000 people are missing, 150,000 are dead, and 9 million refugees are displaced inside Syria and into neighboring countries.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. An estimated 150,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the Western-backed insurgents.