U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in Raqqa alone. And the U.S. government only admits to 10% of them. Margaret Huang Executive Director Amnesty International USA

Margaret Huang

Executive Director
Amnesty International USA

Our government claims that very few civilian deaths occurred as a result of the U.S.-led coalition’s actions in Syria. Here at Amnesty International, we couldn’t rest until we found out the truth. We conducted the most comprehensive investigation into civilian deaths in modern warfare.

Countless were maimed and traumatized. One of our researchers spoke with Ayat Mohammad Jasem, who said:

“I saw my son die, burnt in the rubble in front of me. I’ve lost everyone who was dear to me. My four children, my husband, my mother, my sister, my whole family. Wasn’t the goal to free the civilians? They were supposed to save us, to save our children.”

I won’t rest until the U.S.-led coalition fully investigates what happened in Raqqa and is held accountable for it, to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again. Countless people are struggling in the aftermath of this war, and there needs to be accountability and reparations for survivors.

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