7 Things You Need to Know about the Syrian Refugee Crisis…Right now.

7. The Civil War in Syria began as anti-government demonstrations in March of 2011, part of the Arab Spring.

But the peaceful protests quickly escalated after the government’s violent crackdown, and rebels began fighting back against the regime.

6.   The Civil War in Syria is considered to be the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.

Why? Because half the country’s pre-war population (more than 11 million people) have been killed or forced to flee their homes.

5.  A majority of Syrian refugees are currently living in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq , Turkey and Greece.

Where cultural tensions are high and resources, money and supportive infrastructures are low.

4.  More than four million Syrians have registered or are awaiting registration with the United Nations HighCommission of Refugees (the leaders of the regional emergency response).

 Of those four million, more than half are children (under the age of 18) and have been out of school for months, if not years.

3. Not all Syrian refugees live in refugee camps.

In Jordan, approximately 79,000 Syrians live in camp Za’atari, making it one of the country’s largest cities.  There are other camps in Iraq and Turkey as well, but a majority of refugees simply do not live on camps and find shelter wherever they can.

 

2. The U.N. predicts that it will take approximately $7.7 billion to meet the urgent needs the Syrian population is currently facing.

So far, the appeals from 2015 have only reached half of its’ needed funding.  Here are ways to donate:

http://donate.unhcr.org/international/syria

https://www.mercycorps.org/donate

1.  THERE ARE WAYS TO HELP.

It is easy (and understandable) to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the Syrian refugee crisis.  Instead, channel your energy into ways to help.  The problem only feels like you can’t make a difference…BUT YOU CAN!  Even the smallest things add up to make the biggest difference.

You can help fund creative kick-starters: http://shows.huffingtonpost.com/video/3-in-1-wearable-shelter-for-syrian-refugees-519483991?context=PC:homepage:PL1952:1445226119500

Sign petitions: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/authorize-and-resettle-syrian-refugees-us

Spread the word: share news articles, blogs, pictures, facts, etc. ASAP

 Facts were gathered from https://www.mercycorps.org/.

 

Whitney Roberts

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