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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Children of the Syrian Crisis

As the Syrian crisis continues, UNICEF has provided a new devastating statistic. In the constant fight to escape Syria, the Middle East and parts of Africa, more than one third of these migrants are now children. Many people do not understand the magnitude of how dangerous the attempt to cross the sea from Turkey to Greece really is. Of the enormous amounts of drownings, one in five people are a child. With treacherous conditions in the water, severe weather and un-sturdy rubber boats, it is no shock that these journeys have been nothing short of horrifying.

In 2015, it is said that more than one million migrants have entered Europe. UNICEF has called on the international community to make every effort to protect women and children migrants who make it to land. Sadly, the majority of children who do make it to land are unaccompanied by an adult. Once off the boat, the journey doesn’t end there. Many migrants will now be looking at a 40 mile walk, on average, to register with the country. In the first few weeks of this new year alone, it is estimated that 55,000 refugees have crossed the Mediterranean. Of the 55,000, 366 have been reported dead or missing.

In the wake of this international tragedy, many people are looking to help those in need. Some have gone as far as to greet those making it to land with food, fresh water and something as simple as a smile. If you or someone you know is looking to help with the Syrian crisis, Charity Navigator has provided a list of several 4 and 3-star charities aiding in relief efforts.

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