Rally for refugees on National Mall

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WASHINGTON, DC — A rally was held Sunday afternoon at the National Sylan Theater to raise awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis, and encourage Americans to participate in relief efforts.

The United Nations estimates that 6.6 million people are displaced within Syria, and that 4.8 million are refugees outside of Syria. The acceptance of Syrian refugees into the U.S. has become a hot political talking point in the 2016 general election. As of this week, 10,000 have been resettled inside the U.S.

Speakers at the event included a refugee from Sudan and a Chicago pediatrician who recently returned from working in Aleppo. Some attendees walked around in orange life vests to mimic the ones refugees wear when escaping to the sea, and Iraqi pop/rock band UTN1 performed. Organizations such as the Syrian American Medical Society had presences at the event.

The event was held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information about the rally and the organization can be found here.