2015 Refugee Crisis

Guardian cartoon by Chris Riddell IMAGE DESCRIPTION: An animated drawing of a male-presenting child with dark hair face down in the water on a beach wearing red t-shirt and blue shorts. TEXT READS: At the top of the drawing it says,

Guardian cartoon by Chris Riddell
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: An animated drawing of a male-presenting child with dark hair face down in the water on a beach wearing red t-shirt and blue shorts.
TEXT READS: At the top of the drawing it says, ” ‘SWARM’ D. Cameron “

As most people are hopefully aware, Europe is currently experiencing a massive influx of migrants and refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iran, Jordan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Libya, South Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, and Ukraine. The United Nations has called it the worst migration crisis since World War II. These migrants and refugees do not want to leave their homes, but are being forced to flee poverty, war, and/or persecution. Due to a lack of effective international aid responses, migrants and refugees are being forced to turn to smugglers for passage out of their home countries. Many people are so desperate for better a life, they brave long, treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea in unstable vessels or through hundreds of miles of European highways in the back of a suffocating semi-truck only to arrive hungry and penniless in a foreign land where they might not even be welcome. And they are the lucky ones; many others died on those voyages.

For a more complete overview of this refugee/migration crisis, click here. Or, for a brief history of the instability in the Middle East which is causing this crisis, check out this video by Storm Clouds Gathering:

International Aid Organizations To Donate To:

An organization called Muftah – which is dedicated to providing a platform for original, non-Western biased content on global issues – has published a how-to guide to help refugees fleeing their homelands.

  • After the European Union reduced rescue efforts in the Mediterranean area, and organization called Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) was started. You can donate to them here.
  • The Karam Foundation’s “Smart Aid” program focuses on providing Syrians with a variety of aid which they truly need, such as funding rescue efforts to recover people from bombed out buildings. You can donate here.
  • The Collateral Repair Project (CRP) was started in 2006 to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan obtain food. You can donate here.
  • A grassroots organization in Lebanon called Basmeh and Zeitooneh seeks to provide social services to refugees and other vulnerable and marginalized groups. You can watch their crowdfunding video here, and donate here.

These are just a few organizations you can donate to in order to help refugees and migrants in their time of crisis. For a complete list of Muftah sponsored aid organizations click here; and for more about Muftah itself, click here.

If you live in the United States:

The U.S. has processed just more than 1,000 Syrians for resettlement since July, 2014, according Amnesty International. The United Nations has set a resettlement goal of 380,000 Syrians.

  • You can tell President Obama via Twitter to welcome refugees into the U.S.; learn how here.
  • You can petition the White House to resettle at least 65,000 Syrian Refugees by 2016 here before 30 September, 2015.

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