Finding the Light in the Darkness: Syrian American NGOs Lead the Way in Syrian Humanitarian Aid Efforts

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Anisa Abeytia, MA Candidate, Migration Studies, ’22

My latest article explores my research on humanitarian efforts in Syria by Muslim and Syrian Americans (MSAs) from 2012 to 2017. It explores how the responses of large, international non-profit NGOs, like the United Nations, allowed the Syrian government to weaponize humanitarian aid to create and exacerbate the suffering of Syrian civilians. The article draws upon interviews with Syrian American humanitarians to contextualize and detail the growth of MSA led NGOs.The research for this article was supported by an Emerging Scholar Grant from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The research was presented at the American Sociological Society 114th annual conference, New York City, August 11, 2019. I’d like to thank these institutions, as well as the research participants, without whom the study would not be possible.

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