BENEFITING: SYRIAN AMERICAN MEDICAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION
EVENT: Aleppo Relief Fund
For months, news of the refugee crisis in Europe has been dominating major media outlets. Migrants are risking their lives to travel from war torn and impoverished countries to seek asylum in Europe. The world was captivated and finally called to action by Aylan Kurdi, a drowned three-year-old who washed ashore on a Turkish beach. Many organizations are now working in the Mediterranean including UNHCR, MSF, Save the Children, and dozens of other NGOs.
As the Emergency Action Committee (EAC), we have historically partnered with small organizations at the root of global health crises. Though an immense challenge in our time that certainly deserves attention and international aid, the refugee crisis in Europe is the product of people forced to flee from their homes. According to UNOCHA as of October 14, 2016, 13.5 million Syrians are in desperate need for humanitarian aid. There are only 29 doctors serving the estimated 300,000 residents trapped in rebel-held eastern Aleppo. There are currently no more hospitals functioning at full capacity in eastern Aleppo.
As such, we are partnering with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) to raise money for the Save Aleppo Fund, to help the healthcare workers that are remaining in Aleppo.