There's No Excuse Not to Help the People of Aleppo

The people of Syria are in the middle of a global humanitarian crisis.

BY EDITORS GLOBAL / CURRENT December 20, 2016

Over 25,000 people have been evacuated from the rebel-held district of East Aleppo and thousands of evacuations are ongoing. Dozens of buses carry evacuees from Aleppo to areas outside the city in the government-held West. Among the traumatized are children—many orphaned. Syrians still trapped in Aleppo wait to be evacuated and families waiting on evacuation are sleeping in the streets as temperatures fall below freezing.

Syrian government forces have recently threatened to storm East Aleppo, which would escalate the dangers facing the thousands still trapped in the area. As the situation unfolds, support for refugees is needed now more than ever. More details about the state of the city are rolling in every hour, but what we do know is that people there are facing what experts are calling one of the greatest humanitarian crises of this generation. There’s no excuse as the body of Christ to not help the people caught in the middle of this terrible conflict.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Support local refugee resettlement efforts
Over 13.5 million refugees have been displaced as a result of the war. The Office of Refugee Resettlement offers an email list of organizations and churches supporting refugees in your state. Reach out to a local effort and get involved. This is an opportunity to live out our responsibility to welcome the foreigners and show mercy to orphans and widows if there ever was one.

Preemptive Love

The Iraq-based organization is focusing their work on helping families fleeing violence in Aleppo. Check out this update from Preemptive Love’s founder, Jeremy Courtney:

Click here to give.

Oxfam International
Oxfam provides showers, clean water and toilets to refugees currently displaced in camps across the world. They restore dignity to refugees by providing legal counsel and helping the individuals affected sort through their affairs.

Click here to give.

World Vision

World Vision, the largest faith-based charity in the world has been helping refugees from Syria for a long time, with a special emphasis on children and food. Their website featuresthis chilling reminder: “The situation in Aleppo city is the most dire they have ever seen it. World Food Program food aid has completely run out for about 250,000 people trapped in besieged eastern Aleppo.”

Click here to give.

Hand in Hand for Syria
This was one of the only organizations allowed inside Aleppo when it was at its most gridlocked by government forces. They’ve opened six hospitals to treat the injured and work alongside the United Nations to plan aid distribution. You can donate here.

Save the Children
Save the Children currently has a campaign bringing relief to children on the ground in Syria by providing them with emergency care, clean water and warm clothes. They also support partner organizations by providing medical support on the ground. You can donate to their efforts directly on their website:

World Relief

World Relief is another organization doing impressive work in and around Aleppo. Their work centers around “providing non-temporary shelters, hygiene items, and trauma therapy to displaced Syrian and Iraqi refugee families, as well as sponsoring child-friendly spaces for mothers and children,” according to their website.

Click here to give.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The UNHCR is still on the ground in Syria coordinating a massive refugee support effort supporting the lives of those uprooted by the conflict. They have provided winter clothes, blankets, mattresses, water and food to those in need. In addition to providing essential relief items, UNHCR also offers counseling and protection services to the traumatized, including many children. You can donate to their efforts directly through their site.

White Helmets

If you haven’t heard about them yet, the White Helmets represent one of the most inspiring developments of the year. The chilling Netflix documentary, White Helmets, tells their story. Check out the trailer:

The White Helmets are a volunteer group that runs into harrowing crisis areas in Syria to help victims of the violence.

Click here to give to the group.

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