Students gather blankets for Syrians A boy tries to warm up on a beach with a blanket provided by volunteers. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios/Thinkstock)
Students gather blankets for Syrians
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Two Vermont students have made it their mission to help Syrians who remain in the war-torn country.
 
South Burlington High School students Lena Ginawi and Kiran Waqar are rounding up blankets to send to Syria to help the people still there.
 
Vermont Public Radio reports that Ginawi and Waqar are first-generation immigrants to the U.S. Their parents are from Egypt and Pakistan.
 
In addition to helping the Syrians, the girls, who are Muslim, wanted to combat some of the fear they've seen toward Muslims in general as a result of attacks by some Islamic extremists, Ginawi said.
 
"(We're) showing that Muslims aren't actually part of this ISIS group, and that we are actually trying to help," she said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group.
 
When Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont heard about their efforts, his office contacted businesses for help. He announced that a number of ski resorts and businesses have pledged support.
 
"At a time when the conversation about refugees often focuses on the worst of human emotions, Lena and Kiran are showing that the most powerful way to combat hatred and bigotry is with compassion," said Shumlin, who has said Vermont should welcome Syrian refugees who have been thoroughly reviewed before being allowed to settle in the United States.
 
"Both are truly admirable young people and we are so lucky to call them Vermonters," he said.
 
The students are working with NuDay Syria, a New Hampshire-based group focused on humanitarian aid within Syria and in bordering areas.

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The climate in Syria is dry and hot, and winters are mild, so why do people there need blankets?
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COMMENTS (34)
  • maggiec-3-bar
    1/15/2016 - 12:43 a.m.

    People in Syria need blankets even though the weather isn't too cold because they can use them for many things. Since these people are in a time of need, anything that they can get means a lot to them. Also, they probably will be moving around a lot so they may end up getting to a place where they will need the blankets to stay warm. In the article, it talks about how two muslim girls Lena and Karin are helping refugees in Syria. They want people to know that just because you are Muslim doesn't mean that you are associated with terrorists. It says "Lena and Kiran are showing that the most powerful way to combat hatred and bigotry is with compassion," They are giving these refugees blankets as a way to show them that people are here for them and that there are many people who want help as much as they can. I think that it is great that so many people are helping those in need and I hope that they give the refugees many more blankets and necessities.

  • cassidyl-pla
    2/01/2016 - 12:05 p.m.

    In this article, two young girls from Vermont are gathering blankets to help people in war-torn Syria. These girls are not only trying to help the people in Syria, but are also trying to make people understand that ISIS and Muslim are not synonyms of each other. This relates to civic engagement because, in today's society, many people unfortunately believe that Muslims are dangerous, which is a serious threat to Muslims. This article shows two teens getting involved in today's big issues. Not only are they trying to help Muslims in Syria, but they're combating Islamophobia within the United States as well.

  • noahi-fel
    2/04/2016 - 02:43 p.m.

    Because they could use blankets for many things

  • coled-fel
    2/05/2016 - 02:13 p.m.

    CTQ: The people there need blankets because even though the daytime is dry and hot, the nighttime usually turns sourly cold.

  • garretta-fel
    2/05/2016 - 02:13 p.m.

    People in Syria need blankets because their supplies are being destroyed and blankets can be a necessity at points.

  • lances-fel
    2/05/2016 - 02:15 p.m.

    The climate in Syria is dry and hot but people need blankets because they can use blankets for many other things.

  • lucasp-fel
    2/05/2016 - 02:16 p.m.

    the people there need blankets because there cold.

  • johnj-fel
    2/05/2016 - 02:17 p.m.

    People in Syria need blankets even tho the weather is hot and dry because blankets have more uses than just keeping you warm and they can protect you from dust and etc.

  • ethanw-fel
    2/05/2016 - 02:17 p.m.

    The people in Syria need blankets because it might get really cold in the night.

  • travond-fel
    2/05/2016 - 02:17 p.m.

    they need money

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