The Refugee Crisis: How You Can Help

Everyone can play their part to help the refugee crisis...

The refugee crisis has been an international concern for the past few years, but with the number of refugees passing through Europe at an all-time-high, there is increasing pressure for governments and individuals to act. With the harrowing images of a lifeless Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, washed up on Turkish shores released this week, concern and desperation for the refugee plight has heightened. This pitiful scene has reminded many that these are people – rather than simply a digit in a statistic. They are desperately fleeing persecution and conflict, risking everything in search of a better life – and the consequences are often tragic.

To put the crisis in context, around 190,000 people have been killed in Syria as a result of Assad’s regime, alongside IS militancy and other internal conflicts, and 10.8 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance within Syria. Approximately 4 million Syrians have sought refuge in other countries, with 3.5 million in just five countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. With a huge overload of refugees in this region, many refugees have made the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean to reach Europe, seeking asylum in European countries. Most of the refugees entering Europe are fleeing Syria, although there are many coming from other war-torn countries such as Libya. According to the UN, more than half of the Syrian refugees are under the age of 18 – it is difficult to imagine what these children have been through.

It is estimated that 3000 refugees are passing through the Balkans every day, hoping to reach countries such as Germany, France, and Britain where they will be safe. There are huge resettlement camps in many of these European countries, particularly in Calais, France, where resources are scarce and where men, women and children are homeless, uncertain of their fates.

With so many refugees suffering across the pond, it is understandable that many of us feel helpless, unsure about what we can do to really change these people’s lives. But there are things we can all do to help. Be it donating, volunteering or spreading the word, we can all make an impact and help many of those affected by conflict and crisis.

Keep clicking for some of the things YOU can do to help in the refugee crisis…

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