❤Amid news that evacuations have been suspended in #Aleppo, Syria, after the declared conclusion of a devastating four-year battle between rebels and the government, many Americans are wondering what can be done to help the victims of the atrocity.
According to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian affairs, there are 13.5 million people in Syria who require humanitarian assistance. Said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, “Aleppo is now a synonym for hell.”
Here’s how you can help!!!:
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
-Tax-deductible gifts to UNHCR provide emergency supplies, as well as support and assistance to refugee families.
A donation of $30 a month can provide an emergency rescue kit, while $50 a month can supply bedding and blankets.
The White Helmets
-The White Helmets is a volunteer organization of Syrians who visit scenes of bombings to save those trapped in the rubble or injured by the blasts. According to the group’s website, they have saved 73,530 lives since 2013.
Donations go toward life-saving equipment. Five dollars can cover a pair of safety goggles for volunteers, while $89 will pay for a first-aid kit. Money also goes to larger equipment and to medical care for those putting their lives on the line to save others.
Doctors Without Borders
-Doctors Without Borders (or Medecins Sans Frontieres), a non-governmental humanitarian aid organization that started in the early 1970s, is currently coordinating support and assistance for those being evacuated from east Aleppo.
On Friday, Doctors Without Borders sent medical supplies to a hospital treating wounded evacuees. The organization also said in a news release that they have 45 tons of medical supplies “prepositioned to send where it’s needed.”
Donations to Doctors Without Borders are unrestricted, which – according to the organization – “allow[s] us to allocate our resources most efficiently and where the needs are greatest.”