How You Can Support The Victims Of The Refugee Crisis

15299730214_e3b1ba1d5a_kIn what is being called the worst migration crisis since World War II, millions of people across the Middle East and Europe have been forced to leave their homes and seek refuge in another country. Almost four million Syrians have fled their country, and countless others have been displaced from their communities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Ukraine, and other countries in the past few years.

Successfully escaping a dangerous environment is only the first challenge for refugees. They face peril while traveling, particularly if they do not have a legal route to safety, and must somehow find food and shelter in a new area that may not be prepared to support a sudden influx of immigrants. They’re often unable to bring much with them on their journey, and are therefore left in need clothing and other everyday necessities, such as basic medical care. In addition to these critical needs, being uprooted from your home can be emotionally traumatic, particularly for children.  

How You Can Help

If you’re looking for a way to assist the millions of people who have been displaced and are struggling to both stay alive and build new lives for their families, we’ve compiled a list of organizations that are actively working to help:

  • UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) and UNHRC (the UN Refugee Agency): Both provide assistance to refugees in need and advocate on their behalf to a wider global network.
  • Save the Children: A nonprofit which advocates on behalf of children aroudn the world; They have been helping to provide food, clothing, shelter, and supplies to refugee families in several Middle Eastern countries.

There are certainly many other organizations doing good work, and many other ways you can help – particularly if you live in a country that is a common destination for refugees. Check with local immigration or refugee centers, or organizations like your country’s Red Cross or Red Crescent society.

When the global community issues a cry for help, the kindest thing we can do, if nothing else, is help spread the word. And if you’re able, we hope the above resources will provide even more ways of lending a hand.

Additional Sources:

Refugee crisis: what can you do to help? [The Guardian]

Refugee crisis: how you can help refugees trying to reach safety in Europe and here in Australia [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Migrant crisis: how Canadians can help [The Globe and Mail]

 

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