The day after a B.C. woman raised more than $2,500 for her family in Syria, crowdfunding site Indiegogo shut down her donation page citing U.S. sanctions against the war-torn country.
“It’s wrong to punish innocent people living in a country that’s war-torn, especially when there’s so much generosity and people want to help,” said Julie Angus, 38, a Comox, B.C., adventurer, filmmaker and author.
Angus’s father is originally from Syria and much of her family still lives there, suffering under the 21-month-long civil war between rebel forces and President Bashar al-Assad’s army. More than 45,000 people have been killed.
Angus’s uncle, Bassam, lives in Aleppo with his wife and three children, ages five, eight and 15. He’s been out of a job for a year, living off whatever Angus’s father can send their way from Toronto, she said.
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