School pupils to campaign for Syria at Downing Street

Heysham High School pupils and Morecambe MP David Morris speak to the German ambassador Georg Boomgaarden on Wednesday morning at the German embassy in London.
Heysham High School pupils and Morecambe MP David Morris speak to the German ambassador Georg Boomgaarden on Wednesday morning at the German embassy in London.
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HEYSHAM High School pupils will visit 10 Downing Street today (July 10) to present a petition in support of war-torn Syria.

The students were at the House of Commons yesterday to give Morecambe MP David Morris a copy of their petition calling for the removal of the Middle East country’s President Assad.

The petition says: “We the undersigned being either pupils at Heysham High School, or friends and family of them petition you as a result of our disgust at the present situation in Syria.

“The regime of President Assad is murdering its own people and causing a humanitarian crisis. We call on governments across the world to work for the peaceful removal of President Assad and we ask that ordinary people donate as much as they can to the humanitarian appeals for the people of Syria.”

The campaign was started by a group of friends at the school led by Ibrahim and Philipp Von Der Wippel.

Ibrahim is of Syrian descent, although due to concerns for his family in Syria he cannot publicly use his surname or be specific about his connection to the country.

Philipp is a German exchange student from Munich who attended Heysham High School last year in order to improve his English.

They have collected almost 1,000 signatures for their petition. They have also made a video to be shown in schools and spread information through social media.

“As a Syrian living in Britain I wanted to do something to further highlight the suffering in Syria,” said Ibrahim.

“Ever yday there are more attacks on civilians, I hope that people will support regime change in Syria and donate to charities supporting the Syrian people.”

David Morris MP said: “I’m extremely proud to represent these young people and am delighted to be able to present their petition in Parliament. I hope that governments around the world will continue to work to remove this evil Syrian regime.”

The pupils also visited the German embassy in London on Wednesday morning to speak with the German ambassador to Britain, Georg Boomgaarden, about their campaign.

The UN says at least 10,000 people have been killed since pro-democracy protests began in March 2011. In June, the Syrian government reported that 6,947 Syrians had died, including at least 3,211 civilians and 2,566 security forces personnel.