Islamic Relief USA via Crowdrise
September 17, 2015
BENEFITING: Islamic Relief USA
Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to Europe this year from places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and Syria. The majority of them are Syrians seeking sanctuary from violence or persecution at home. They risk a dangerous trip, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea or the long trek by land, to get there. It’s an extremely difficult choice to make, but some feel it’s the only option. The United Nations reports that at least 2,600 people have died trying to make that journey this year alone. Many of the countries they are escaping to are facing their own bouts of turmoil, Greece, which is in economic turmoil. The absorption of refugees exacerbates the existing strain on the local economy. And the arrivals there are up an astounding 750% compared to last year–many of them are Syrian. In over 13 countries across Europe, the Islamic Relief family is already on the ground. The IR family is doing what it can to help those affected by the refugee crisis across Europe–refugees have been helped in places like Italy, Germany and Turkey. Islamic Relief USA in particular is also planning to provide aid to refugees in Greece, and will work to adapt and expand aid efforts if the crisis widens to other regions.