On Thursday Syrian security forces encircled the Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs. For any activists and citizen journalists trapped in the area, it was a death sentence. Danny was among the trapped. This is Danny:
He is one of the amazingly brave Syrians working to document the Assad regime's brutality. He's done so much to advance the Syrian people's fight for freedom, and when we heard he was trapped in Baba Amr, we knew we had to help.
Over the last 24 hours, we worked to get him out. Just how, we can't say, but against truly staggering odds we did. Today Danny crossed from Syria into Lebanon, and this evening he arrived in Beirut with ten friends. His courageous journey is a reminder both of the Syrian people's desperation, and their determination to stand up to the brutal Assad regime.
Today, the fighting in Baba Amr continues, with Assad's forces peppering the neighbourhood with shells firing from tanks:
This weekend, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League meet to discuss the options left, including backing the armed rebels. While they negotiate, more brave Syrians like Danny will risk their lives, and some won't be able to get out in time.
But we can help – right away. We are running a global fundraiser to purchase desperately needed medical supplies, satellite phones and cameras for Syria's besieged citizens. Donate here. There are 13 million of us, and growing – we can make a huge difference.