PLEASE READ URGENT MESSAGE ****THE IRC IS CALLING FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP AND PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ISSUE A JOINT STATEMENT INDICATING THAT THE U.S. WILL DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ATROCITIES INSIDE SYRIA****
In the midst of finals and graduation in two days, I am unable to concentrate knowing what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Syria. More than 470,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. An illegal siege of the city Aleppo has prevented any humanitarian assistance from entering. There are currently no hospitals left. They have no food, no water, no shelter, no medical assistance, most likely no living family members, afraid for their lives. The Syrian government has created this environment because rebels who don't have food quickly lose the will to fight, and civilians in besieged areas will start cooperating with the government just to make it stop. I have been researching the best way to get monetary assistance to those immediately affected by this complete wipe out of human rights, while it is extremely difficult I believe the IRC (international rescue committee) will be able to give our money to those in extreme need in the safest way possible. While those attempting to assist people in this besieged area are also being killed, in the past week around 4,000 people from Aleppo have arrived in and around Al Dana town, around 25 km west of Aleppo in eastern Idleb province. IRC is there waiting to give 100$ to each family in need. While this may not seem like much, every scent counts. Below is an excerpt from the IRC's official website.
"Beirut, Lebanon, December 14, 2016 — In response to the situation in Aleppo, Paul Donohoe, International Rescue Committee’s Syria Crisis Senior Media Officer, said:
“Escaping Aleppo doesn’t mean escaping the war. After witnessing the ferocity of attacks on civilians in Aleppo, we are very concerned that the sieges and barrel bombs will follow the thousands who arrive in Idleb. We already know Idleb isn’t a safe area of Syria. The attack on a school in Hass on October left twenty-two children and six teachers dead, and two IRC supported hospitals were attacked in the province in 2016. There is a real danger that such outrages will not only continue but intensify.”
Helping those fleeing Aleppo
Many of the new arrivals are now living in unfinished buildings without heating, toilets or running water. Up to four families are living together in each building and in one case, 16 people were found living in a single room.
To help ensure people can purchase the basics they need, the IRC will be giving $100 to 500 of the most vulnerable families. The IRC is hoping to secure more funding to reach all 800 of the new families in Al Dana, as well as to help any future arrivals."
...People are dying, they are being pushed to the brink of human existence. Instead of purchasing Christmas presents for our family and friends this year I ask we donate to the people who have absolutely nothing but hope. My heart is broken and I know that together we can bring aid to those in need. I will also be starting a go-fund-me where 100% of the proceeds go to another organization with stations in the bordering countries of Turkey and Jordan. Give the gift of hope, just because we can choose to witness and exclude ourselves from the atrocities taking place across the world does not mean they are not really happening to human beings just like us at this exact moment. Whether its 10 cents or 100$, every cent counts.