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The World Is Going To Sh*t- But Here Are Five Ways You Can Make A Difference

The world may seem very dark and grim, with the U.S. launching 50 missiles to Syria in attempt to stop the regime that has been put in place by Bashar al-Assad. It feels like a lose-lose situation for all of the refugees, in all honesty. But here are five ways you can make an impact. thumbnail by Banksy

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1. Donate to a relief organization.

Via whitehelmets.org

Organizations like the White Helmets are made up of volunteers that help reduce Syrian citizens from rubble.

Their mission statement: Our unarmed and neutral rescue workers have saved more than 85,228 people from the attacks in Syria, but there are many we cannot reach. There are children trapped in rubble we cannot hear.

Donate here

There are other organizations such as Save the Children, which supplies food for Syrian children. This organization also helps support education in Syrian refugee camps.

Their mission statement: Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

Donate here

Doctors without Borders is a mobile medical team that provides medical attention to those in Syria that require medical attention.

Their mission statement: We are Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.

Donate here

2. Educate yourself with the right facts.

Don't believe every tweet, every Facebook post, and every YouTube video just because they align with your political beliefs. Start with finding unbiased writing, whether that is from a left-leaning or right-leaning site. If they contain statistics, ignore the opinion pieces. Once you find facts on what is going on with Syria, double check those facts with multiple news sites (NPR, CNN, NYT). It may seem depressing, but staying informed is the most important way to help, that way you know how to help.

3. Stay vocal.

Continue to make your voice heard. There were two previous immigration bans that would ban Syrian refugees from entering this country, so try to implement a change. Whether it is participating with advocacy work with a college club or constantly pressuring and communicating with state legislators, governors, and senators in order to protect the refugees in this country, there are many opportunities for US citizens to start a change.

4. Help the incoming refugees feel welcome.

Scope out many local organizations that help refugees assimilate. Here in Arizona, there is R.I.S.E., which consists of a group of volunteers that tutor refugee children.

Welcoming a refugee that has been escaping war and terror is a big deal. Showing compassion and open arms can do a lot from those who feel like they have lost everything.

5. Have compassion.

Remember that these people in Syria are no different than you and I. They did not bring any of the war and terror on themselves. They are suffering and are in dire need of help. Any accusations or character assassinations on a group of people based off of religious beliefs is harmful and misguided. These people are not simply trying to live like you and I, they are merely trying to survive. When you see someone discuss refugees and the complicated politics involved, always keep that in mind.

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