You and I are no strangers to the refugee crisis in Syria. This is the heartbreaking story of a country that I have been following since high school and felt powerless empathy year after year as I vicariously witnessed it getting reduced to rubbles from a safe distance conveniently sipping my coffee and turning the page. After over a decade of reading their news headlines and turning the page like it's not my problem, I finally realized we have a responsibility of international burden sharing. Hear me out.
Around 73,000 Syrians have returned to the Syrian governorate of Idleb following the ceasefire agreement reached between Turkey and Russia in early March. These displaced people stay in the camps near the Syrian-Turkish border due to the regime forces’ control over their villages and towns. Needless to say the living conditions are unimaginably harsh and in need of acute humanitarian assistance. Intensified attacks and unlawful deadly airstrikes continue. It is reasonable to think that there is nothing that you and I can do that would reverse and erase the physical, emotional, psychological trauma the people and children at these camps undergo. Probably true, but the problem with this belief system is that it only adds to the inertia of inactivity and promotes desensitization towards our fellow hang beings. So let's start small.
Since its foundation in 2011, Syria Relief and Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that I support which provides humanitarian aid to Syrians affected by violence, hunger, poverty, injury and displacement. This Ramadan, we have an opportunity to help the refugees with their iftar meals. A donation of 25$ can feed one family of six. I have pledged to raise 1000$ dollars so that atleast 40 families can have a nice iftar meal on Eid which falls on 23rd May 2020 marking the end of Ramadan.
If this is something you believe in any amount of small donation from you towards this humble goal would make an impact. In mother Teresa's words: It's only a drop in the ocean, but the ocean wouldn't be the same without that drop.
If unable to make a donation your support by sharing this campaign with your friends and family would make a huge difference too. No amount is too small, no effort is too little. So let's make this happen!
I plan to donate all proceedings to Syria Relief and Development's Unlock Hope campaign which distributes food packages including meat, vegetables, water, olive oil, ghee, cooking oil, rice, sugar, salt, flour, tea, dates, macaroni, lentils, tomato paste and chickpeas.
Your few minutes can make someone go to bed not hungry and starving for a change.