At least 83 people have been reportedly killed in a chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province, including 25 children — one of the deadliest chemical weapons attacks in the country in years.
The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) shared the casualty numbers (as well as the injury count, which is at least 350 people) with NBC News on Tuesday, the day of the attack.
“The [United Nations] Security Council must immediately vote to investigate this attack and help bring those responsible to justice. Failure to do so would be catastrophic, risking further emboldening governments and armed groups in Syria to target civilians in war crimes with banned and conventional weapons alike,” Amnesty International said in a statement.
It’s understandable to be horrified by such attack, and the many other atrocities of the war, but you don’t have to stand by and feel helpless. If you’re moved to help in some way, here are a few ways you can do so.
There are plenty of organizations that are providing food, aid, and support to those still in Syria, as well as refugees who have made it out.
Consider donating to organizations like the White Helmets, Islamic Relief USA, GlobalGiving, or the International Rescue Committee. Interested in finding more groups to support? Charity Navigator, which evaluates and rates charities based on financial health, accountability, and transparency, created a list of highly-rated charities helping those impacted by the Syrian crisis.
You can do more than donate your money; you can also donate your time as a volunteer. Enter your address into this digital map tool, and it’ll show you organizations in your area that are in need of volunteers.
Refugees Welcome offers home and room-shares for Syrian refugees in various countries around the world; if you live in one of the countries listed, you and your family can register your home. It’s also worth doing a quick Google search in your city or town to find out if there are any smaller, local organizations that support refugees in your area, and how you may be able to help.
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