Project Nur at the University of Colorado, Amnesty International and the United Nations Association of Boulder County will hold a benefit night for Doctors Without Borders’ efforts in Syria on Friday, Feb. 1 in UMC room 235. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will continue until 10 p.m. Student tickets are $5 and come with a slice of pizza while non-student tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.
The night will kick off with a presentation by Haytham Bahoora detailing the background to the current conflict. Throughout the event, various groups will give short presentations examining different aspects of the conflict. Between presentations, a live band will perform traditional music from across the Arab world.
The goal of the event is to raise $3,000 for Doctors Without Borders, one of the few organizations that has been able to operate effectively in Syria without being forced to discriminate on political lines. In addition to ticket sales, concessions will be available for purchase throughout the night, as will raffle tickets. Raffle prizes inlcude gift cards donated by local businesses in Boulder.
As of Jan. 27, over 560,000 displaced Syrians have registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in neighboring countries. In addition, the U.S. State Department estimates 2.5 million Syrians are displaced while remaining within Syria.