Even those half a world away can make a difference.

That is the message members of UT's Muslim Student Association would like students to take away as they strive for awareness of the sheer scope of the Syrian Civil War.

While the organization usually focuses on connecting Muslims on campus, President Noor Alshibli and student representative Joud Monla-Hassan have worked together to organize Syria awareness events for UT students.

"As soon as news of the chemical massacre was out, the MSA immediately felt the need to spread awareness on campus," Alshibli said.

The war, which has left more than 100,000 dead, escalated in August when the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, was accused by western nations of using chemical weapons against his own people in the town of Ghouta, an attack which the U.S. claims killed more than 1,400 people.

The conflict in Syria hits close to home for Monla-Hassan and Alshibli. Both have family members currently living in Syria. Monla-Hassan's grandmother and uncle live in Syria while other members of her family have become refugees in Turkey and Egypt.

Monla-Hassan's father is a physician and travels to Syria as a volunteer for medical missions.

Recently the hospital he was working at in Syria was attacked.

"We are very afraid for their safety," Monla-Hassan said. "I want him to help a lot, he's my dad and I'm always worried about his safety when he is there."

Recently, Monla-Hassan and Alshibli were on UT's Pedestrian Walkway handing out Syria information sheets, hoping to bring more awareness to an increasingly complicated and multifaceted war.

"A lot of people were surprised of the extent of what was happening," Monla-Hassan said. "They had no idea how many people were dying."

As the conflict in Syria continues, both Monla-Hassan and Alshibli believe simply having an expanded worldview can help the Syrian people.

"Maybe because I am Syrian, (but) I would like more Americans to be aware of the Syria situation, but it's a simple task of getting aware and spreading the word," Monla-Hassan said. "Just being proactive is more than enough."

Alshibli said she agrees with Monla-Hassan and encourages UT students to show interest in the conflict.

"One person can't do anything alone, but the more people speak out for human rights, the more we can make a difference," she said. "After everything they've been through, the least they deserve is for us to care."