Once Syria’s bastion of finance and industry, years of strife between the Syrian government and rebel groups has left Aleppo in ruins and placed civilians in the line of fire. Documentation of the toll of war on the civilians in Aleppo circulated in media have stirred protests in cities across the world including London and Istanbul. These protesters, just as we, have been impacted by the videos of family members weeping over the loss of their loved ones, pulling their children out of rubble and other disturbing images. There’s no doubt that the people of Aleppo not only need our voices but also our aid. If you feel helpless in your ability to ease the suffering of the plight of our fellow humans in Aleppo, there is something you can do to help that won’t require you to leave your seat. There are organizations that need our financial backing to provide care to those civilians still stranded in Aleppo and those who have been evacuated.
Helping the Evacuees of Eastern Aleppo
There is currently an ongoing process to evacuate citizens from the rebel-held Eastern Aleppo. Once evacuated, the evacuees are relocated to Turkey and rebel-held parts of Idlib in Syria. The International Rescue Commision (IRC) whose “mission is to help those that have had their livelihoods shattered by war and disaster” has stated that the living conditions in Idlib are less than acceptable. Those evacuees that arrive in Idlib will be confronted with “overcrowding, lack of running water”. The IRC currently provides crucial services such as “supporting health facilities and providing the most vulnerable of the new evacuees with money to purchase basic needs”. Donating to the IRC will not only support recent Eastern Aleppo evacuees but also sustain essential services in the Idlib region. That’s why we chose to make a donation to the IRC. Join us in strengthening the IRC’s efforts by Donating Here.
If you’d like to do your own research on where to donate, this is a great place to start.
If you still have questions on what exactly is happening in Aleppo, I’ve found this to be a great resource.