Aleppo

Listed below are some things you can do to help the people in Aleppo starting today.

"Is there literally nothing that can shame you? Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child, that gets under your skin? "

-Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations. 

The White Helmets captured international attention through their bravery, and were reportedly in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this year. The 2,900 strong group of civilians have been carrying out rescue missions after government airstrikes since 2013, united by their motto of ‘to save one life, is to save all of humanity’.

Hand in Hand for Syria was set up soon after the beginning of the war in 2011, and uses its extensive networks on the ground to implement aid in some of the most difficult-to-reach places. Some of the organization’s members living in Eastern Aleppo were forced to abandon their work after pro-government forces took control of the area. Donors can contribute toward the emergency appeal for families fleeing from the city, which will provide food, medical aid and winter supplies.

The ICRC and its local partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), have remained committed “to act as a neutral and impartial humanitarian intermediary” throughout the Syrian Civil War. Donations to the Red Cross and the Red Crescent have enabled food and medical deliveries to those in need, and the two groups issued a plea on Tuesday to those involved in fighting “to put humanity ahead of military objectives.” In spite of the dangers, the International Committee of the Red Cross has been providing food and life-saving support to Syrians since the beginning. Thanks to their joint efforts with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, they can help people in areas that no other humanitarian organization can reach.

Save the Children is on the ground in Syria, and is helping refugee communities throughout the region, providing Syrian children and their families with warm clothes, shelters, protection, clean water and emergency care. In a statement on Tuesday, the charity said “Families who are desperate to leave are being shown no dignity or humanity. We must at least now end this carnage and safely evacuate the remaining civilians.”

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