The Syrian civil war (2011 – present) is being called the worst humanitarian disaster of our time.
More than 11 million people have been driven from their homes — the impact on neighboring countries is unfathomable.
In the midst of the horrors in Syria, people all over the European Union are inciting positive action as thousands of refugees flee their war-stricken country.
These people aren’t taking direction from their government or waiting for a cue to take action– they are helping because it’s the right thing to do, and because action needs to be taken NOW.
They are not simply “refugees” or “migrants” — they are humans, and are being welcomed with open arms to their new safe havens.
One service offered is “an Air BnB for Refugees,” called Refugees Welcome, which connects people who are offering a spare room or couch to displaced people, sometimes for free or sometimes through donation.
Meanwhile, Iceland is banding together to attempt to get their government to accept Syrian refugees — over 12,000 Icelanders have sent letters to their government, and that number grows more and more each day.
Individuals are also taking a stand. Christopher and Christina Catrambone, an American couple, bought an $8 million dollar ship called The Phoenix and pulled together a 20 person crew. The Phoenix now rescues and helps migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. In the first two months, The Phoenix rescued over 3,000 people.
You don’t need to be a millionaire or live in Europe to take action.
Help can easily be given from wherever you are in the world. Stand with me and click HERE to donate to the causes of Refugees Welcome and The Phoenix. Click HERE to take action and donate to the UN Refugee Agency. And click HERE to urge our congress to act.