Dear Friends:

We are about to bid farewell to the year 2020 and its unprecedented challenges. December is a month of diverse holidays to be cherished and celebrated. And despite all the conflict, suffering and wars in the world, it is important to not give up hope and to celebrate these holidays. Despite all hardships and challenges, the human spirit perseveres. There is no other choice.

The year 2020 was an exceptional year and a year that will not be easily forgotten. The Covid-19 pandemic changed our lives. A unique experience- the whole world went through the same life experience. Many of us lost loved ones. Many of us endured a great deal of pain and suffering. Many are still suffering.

We are confident that human ingenuity will prevail over the virus. Hopefully, in the near future we will be able be relive our normal life that the invisible enemy, the virus, stole from us.
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) never surrendered to the Covid-19 fear and anxiety. Instead, we adapted and accelerated our work. The work was not easy. However, AHRC’s unwavering commitment to serve humanity, our mission, was our driving force, and our inspiration. Despite all the challenges and the limited resources, AHRC staff continued to tirelessly promote the mission of the organization.

It has been tiring- indeed, exhausting, and the holidays offered a much-needed respite. It is important to note that we were able to effectively handle the transition to operating in a Covid-19 world due to the confidence in us and the generous support of our friends and donors. They spared no effort in lending their support to AHRC. Also, the times were exceptional but our volunteers were also exceptional in their dedication and commitment to our work.

The country faced exceptional challenges and while many of us were sheltering in place, others were putting their lives on the line for us. Our law enforcement, police agencies and first responders continued their tireless work to ensure our safety. The country’s health care personnel endangered their lives and health to save others. Essential workers of all professions continued to brave the pandemic in order to provide for our basic living needs. To all of them, we say thank you.

We invite you to welcome the 2021 with a pledge to continue to make a difference. Everyone is important and every one of us can make a difference. The premise of human rights is that every human being counts and every person is valuable and we each can make a difference.

We look forward to another year of working together for a better world for us and for our children. We stand united in our belief in the sanctity of human lives and human rights. We join hands together, as humans, to continue our work advancing our common humanity.

Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director

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