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Madeleine Aggeler
December 15, 2016 12:43 pm

We’ve all seen the devastating images coming out of Aleppo. The Syrian pro-government forces of President Bashar Al-Assad have taken the city, and its people are in danger. After more than four years of fighting, insurgents agreed to withdraw from the city in a ceasefire.

Earlier this week, UN human rights spokesperson Rupert Colville reported that 82 civilians had been killed, including 11 women and 13 children, and that the number was probably a lot higher. The report stated that government troops tore through the last remaining rebel-held neighborhoods, killing people in their homes, and anyone who tried to escape.

As the last rebel outposts of Aleppo fell, those trapped in the city turned to social media to send out their “final messages.”

These accounts are horrifying, and for tens of thousands of Syrians, the struggle is far from over. As Rupert Colville said, what is happening in Aleppo is a “complete meltdown of humanity.”

No matter how far away we may be from Syria, we owe it to our fellow humans to help, to shine whatever glimmers of hope and humanity we can on our brothers and sisters, no matter how dark the times.

Below are some of the organizations working to help Syrians inside the country, and those who have been displaced. Please help them, if at all possible.

The White Helmets are volunteer rescue workers who work to rescue people, civilians and fighters alike, after bombings. They are bakers and teachers and tailors who have save over 70,000 lives since 2013, and they are in woeful need of supplies.

Doctors Without Borders has been providing medical care to Syrians, rushing to the most dangerous areas of the country in order to save people’s lives.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees, or UNHCR, has been providing supplies like medicine, hygiene kits, and sleeping bags to people displaced from Aleppo, and refugees around the world.

According to UNICEF, 8.4 million Syrian children inside and outside the country are in need of humanitarian aid. Help UNICEF provide it to them.

If you would like to see more organizations working to help Syrians and Syrian refugees, check out this list.

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