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Anneliese
10-01-2016, 02:43 AM
Here is a link which lists some vetted charities for Syrian refugees...

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-09-03/5-groups-doing-important-work-help-refugees-you-may-not-have-heard

Gassho,

Anneliese
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Jundo
10-01-2016, 03:02 AM
Thank you Anneliese.

Information on Aleppo and the war in Syria ...


'Syria is bleeding': Aleppo facing war's worst humanitarian crisis, UN says

Now in its sixth year, the conflict in Syria is the largest and most complex humanitarian crisis in the world, with no end in sight.

Brutal and relentless violence has brought the country to its knees. Millions of Syrian women, men and children are in desperate need of immediate assistance.

8 million people displaced inside Syria
4.5 million people live in besieged cities and hard-to-reach areas
4.5 million refugees live in the neigbouring countries and beyond
1.5 million people injured
250,000 people killed

https://www.icrc.org/en/where-we-work/middle-east/syria

I would also like to point folks to a couple of wonderful "This American Life" episodes on the refugee crisis in Europe, from the point of view of the refugees and aid workers. Incredible stories.


A bunch of us from our show went to refugee camps all over Greece. We found people falling in love, kids mad at their parents for dragging them to Europe, women doing their laundry in a baseball stadium locker room, and hundreds of people living at a gas station—sitting next to the pumps, smoking. Also: wild pigs. 57,000 refugees are stuck in Greece, making homes in some surprising locations. We hear what that’s really like.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/592/are-we-there-yet

and

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/593/dont-have-to-live-like-a-refugee

Gassho, J

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Zenmei
10-01-2016, 03:37 AM
Thank you for sharing this. When Jundo spoke about the refugees tonight, I realized how willfully ignorant I've been about the crisis in Syria. I haven't even bothered to google it and see what's going on. It's scary how easy it is to ignore the suffering of the world and turn back to my netflix queue.

Gassho, Dudley
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manheimer
10-01-2016, 06:20 AM
Form a German point of view i just want to gassho on this topic.

The us government showed enough humanity in this.

So i will be silent on this in the hope that Merkel will be right and some other politicians.

Gassho
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Kotei
10-01-2016, 06:56 AM
Hi manheimer,

well, from another German point of view...

I am helping some refugees in different places in northern germany and it is still a big mess.
Big press hype is over, more and more politicians over here change their mind and flirt with political far too 'right' (opposite of left, not wrong) positions. More of this 'we have enough problems on our own' popping up over here.

Yes, Merkel said some nice words and did some good things. And still, her party is fishing for votes from the far right corner.
And we're expecting the biggest tax-reductions ever.... (at least, her party is discussing about it)... in a time, we could use that money to help poor people here, in order to reduce xenophobia here... or help the refugees.... or....

As always, there is also a different view on the US government's role... Some would say, they produced a fair amount, of what led to the crisis at the beginning. So how to judge 'enough'?

Well, I am getting into party-politics, when I am writing more ;-)....
This seems to be the wrong place for this and I'll be silent on that part of the topic, too.

Gassho,
Kotei sattoday.

Byokan
10-01-2016, 07:53 AM
Thanks for starting this thread Anneliese,

here are a few more links:

Charity Navigator list of 3- and 4-star charities working in Syria:
https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1523

Two charities that I like, that are providing direct aid in the form of food, clean water, vaccines, medical care, and household goods:

Mercy USA
http://mercyusa.org/syria-2/

International Committee of the Red Cross
https://www.icrc.org/en/where-we-work/middle-east/syria

That said, please do take the time to research and evaluate any charity before giving. gassho2

Gassho
Byōkan
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Kokuu
10-01-2016, 10:21 AM
Thank you for all of the links. So many people doing such good work.

I would like to put in a word for Help Refugees. They aren't just dealing with the Syrian situation although Syrian refugees are obviously a large part of their focus at the moment. Local Zen priest Tom Radcliffe (a student of Claude Anshin Thomas) is currently working as an outreach worker in Calais for this organisation.

www.helprefugees.org.uk/

Much metta for all who are involved in this brutal situation.

Kokuu
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Meian
10-01-2016, 04:10 PM
Very grateful for this info. As an American with many Muslim friends (who are deeply connected to this situation), it has been difficult for me to get information that is not politically charged or too painful to discuss. This helps.

Gassho
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Jyukatsu
10-01-2016, 08:26 PM
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/protect_syrian_civilians_loc/?cFAXUjb

Gassho,
Marina
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Jakuden
10-02-2016, 01:16 AM
Thank you for the links everybody!! Donated and signed the campaign petition.

Gassho,
Jakuden
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Muirghein
10-02-2016, 10:55 AM
Thank you for the links. I've always been moved by the suffering of others and decided one day I had to do something so I began my book and game publishing company that makes games like our Syrian Refugee Game which is still in development. And One Million Heroes which goal is to gather people in the world who are trying to help others and bring them out to the spotlight to showcase them. It's truly good to be surrounded by people on similar missions to help make the world a better place.