We Need To…Turn Words Into Action.
We need to do more. We need to take action. We need to help those in crisis. These are just a few of the proclamations that have been splashed across traditional and social media as of late. The drowning deaths of Syrian children Alan and Galib Kurdi brought the grave plight of refugees trying to escape the carnage of their home country into global focus. Since then, calls to do more have echoed around the world. Now is the time to turn those words into action.
The civil war in Syria has been falling on and off the headlines since it erupted five years ago. However, that does not mean the suffering, death and destruction have abated. In fact, things have gotten worse as fighting continues to decimate city after city, home after home and family after family — with no end in sight.
Syria by Numbers:
5 years. Civil war has been raging.
250,000. Number of Syrians killed since the civil war began.
12 Million. Syrians left homeless.
7 Million. Displaced Syrians.
4 Million. Syrian refugees outside of the country.
75%. Refugees are women and children.
Those displaced by the war (and they number in the millions) are in a desperate race to find sanctuary in Europe and North America. Sadly, these people have been further victimized by human smugglers who overload boats to the point of capsizing, countries who have closed their borders and too many governments seemingly blinded by politics and red tape to reach out with tangible aide. This has now become the largest human migration since World War II.
This is the moment. This is the time to turn “We need to…” into “I will…”
It all sounds overwhelming, incomprehensible and reprehensible. What can one person do when faced with those massive numbers? A lot. And it can happen now. You can take immediate action to help. You can join with your community to sponsor, donate and give to help families in their most desperate time. You can help make — and change — history. This is the moment. This is the time to turn “We need to…” into “I will…”
Each of the links below will take you to local and national organizations where you can learn what to do in your community, today:
Lifeline Syria on Facebook
Canadian Red Cross
Andrew Vail’s writing career began in Halifax when he was a child. In Grade 4, he wrote and produced his own series of comic books entitled “Freaky The Frog”, the on-going tale of a little misfit frog and his pals of the pond. Marvel Comics never came knocking but Andrew knew he loved to create and tell stories. Since then, Andrew has worked in advertising, PR and publicity; has interviewed politicians, rock stars and very interesting yet not-so-famous movers and shakers. He has published articles in a variety of local and national magazines and websites. Andrew is currently working on the project queer50.com.
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