BENEFITING: US Association for UNHCR
In the US, it is hard to comprehend what it must be like to have to leave our homes and loved ones behind with only the belongings we can carry. Yes, we may have natural disasters, that cause temporary displacement, but even then, we know we can eventually return home.
In Syria, this is not the case. Many people do not know if they will be still be alive the next day.
We have all heard about the civil war and conditions in Syria - now imagine that was your home. Imagine your family lived there and things were so terrible that you had to make the incredibly difficult decision to risk your life and leave everything you knew behind – taking only what you can carry - in order to ensure your families’ safety. To quote one person still living there, “every time before you go to bed, you say to your friend, 'Goodbye, maybe I won't see you tomorrow.' And tomorrow when you meet with him, you say, 'Thank God, you stayed alive.' And that's how we do it.”
Millions of people have fled with nowhere to go. Recently, 71 people suffocated to death on a truck trying to get into Europe; the bodies of two toddlers found washed on the shore after trying to flee with their family. These are just a few of these stories. There are thousands more that do not make the news.
In fact, there are 12.2 million people are at risk – 5.6 million of those are children. They need food. They need shelter. They need help.
While I am writing this, I know there are some people who look unfavorably upon migration and I ask you to put aside those views and take a moment to recognize that these people are human just like you, but unlike you are not fortunate enough to live in a country such as ours. The life they knew has been destroyed over the past few years by drought and war. Just like you, they have a family they love and want to protect. They have children for whom they only want the best - just like you. They would give their life for to save their family - just like you. "Migration is what we have done since the earliest of times, triggering growth and enlarging our circles of possibility. Whether we’re discussing the Roman or British empires, 15th-century Venice or 20th-century New York or London today, great civilizations and dynamic cities have been defined by being open to immigrants and refugees." – Angela Merkel
While I have often support others in their causes, I have never found a cause that I stirred me to action as much the refugees fleeing Syria. Perhaps it is because I know how painful it is to leave behind your family and friends for a new life. Maybe it is because I have a daughter for whom I would do anything, and can feel their agony of fear and loss, but each time I heard another story about the conditions in Syria and the refugees fleeing for asylum it brought me to tears and made me feel powerless that I couldn’t help more.
I already donated through the site, but after I hit submit – it just was not enough. Therefore, I am starting this fundraising campaign asking you to join me in donating to help provide food, clothing and shelter.
For more information on the USUNHR and Syria, please see: http://www.unrefugees.org/where-we-work/syria/
For more information that I have compiled on Syrian Refugees and to see the progress of this campaign please visit: https://helpsyrianrefugees.wordpress.com/