Over two million people have fled Syria since fighting began in the country. Two million forced to leave their community, their home and the life they knew.
US military intervention, which would likely exacerbate the refugee crisis, has thankfully been halted. However, refugees are still leaving Syria every day. And as demand for shelter and basic necessities grow, resources are running short. On Monday, a group of 14 humanitarian organizations asked for increased financial support from the U.N. to meet the needs of displaced Syrians.
It’s easy to feel helpless when a crisis is happening tens of thousands of miles away. If you’re looking for ways to offer help from afar, here is a list of organizations to consider supporting:
International Rescue Committee – “The IRC provides lifesaving assistance to those who make the dangerous journey in search of safety both inside Syria and across the country’s borders.”
Mercy Corps – “You can ensure these children receive the water and shelter they need to survive, as well as safe spaces to play and emotional support to heal from the trauma of war.”
Islamic Relief USA – “Through the collaborative efforts of Islamic Relief offices around the world, more than 1 million Syrians affected by the conflict have received aid.”
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