The Syrian Crisis
The Syrian Civil War continues to rage, becoming one of the greatest humanitarian crises the world has ever seen. According to Charity Navigator, "Of the 13.5 million people requiring humanitarian aid, 4.3 million live as refugees in nearby countries -- including Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan -- while another 6.5 million remain inside Syria."
The United States has remained largely silent and the anti-refugee rhetoric fueling 2016's Republican Primaries poses a serious threat upon our country's future involvement. Syrian civilians are caught between a vengeful government supported by Russian air power, potentially extremist rebel groups, and the horrors of ISIS.
We must end our silence. We must acknowledge the horrors of this five-year conflict, our nation's neglect, and the need to contribute. We must become a beacon of hope and charity, reaching across the world to help those in need.
This campaign seeks to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee, but also to spread awareness. Our country will soon wittness a radical shift in government power. Wake up your neighbors with this sweatshirt, spread love for the world when you wear it, ensure our new leadership takes this crisis seriously.
The International Rescue Committee
"The IRC’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.
"We first began assisting Syrians in 2012, providing emergency relief and humanitarian aid to those uprooted by war. In 2015, nearly 2,000 IRC workers helped more than 1.4 million Syrians inside their country. This included 670,000 people treated in around 100 IRC supported clinics and mobile health teams, helping 16,000 female survivors of assault and abuse find safety and support providing an education and support to over 8,400 children and parents. The IRC also supported 11,000 Syrians to get vital documents to move more freely and access services, as well as provide thousands of Syrians supported with IRC job training and cash or voucher support to help them buy food and other essential items for their family.
"Our programs are led by cross-border teams in Iraq, Turkey and Jordan—each providing support that is tailored to the communities they serve. As violence continues to escalate in the region, the IRC is focusing our efforts by:
1. "partnering with local and diaspora groups to ensure the uninterrupted flow of medicines, supplies, and equipment;
2. "supporting clinics and mobile teams to deliver primary care, trauma services, reproductive health care, and dialysis;
3. "supplying thousands of displaced people with clothing and emergency supplies;
4. "running classes, counseling and protection services for thousands of children in camps and communities;
5. "creating safe spaces for women and girls that offer services for survivors of violence, as well as counseling and skills training;
6. "providing emergency cash assistance to help displaced families meet their immediate needs;
7. "building households’ economic stability with job training and small business support."