The most deadly attack since the 2013 chemical attack outside of Damascus has left at least 86 children, women and men dead in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.
You may have seen images of Abdulhamid al-Youssef holding his twin children, lifeless in his arms, urging people to look, to see evidence of his loss. He had watched his entire family, wife, brother, nephews and children, die in front of him.
At 6.30am on Wednesday the town was targeted with a chemical attack. It's unclear at this point whether rebels or the regime are behind it, though many people are speculating Assad is responsible.
It's easy to feel helpless when reading of the terrors innocent people are enduring, and in a way, most of us are. However, there are things all of us can do to support refugees, send aid and spread awareness to help Syrian people.
What You Can Do To Help Refugees:
- Host a Syrian refugee with Homes For Syrians, or donate and volunteer for the charity.
- Sign a petition at Amnesty International to urge the UN to investigate the gruesome chemical attack.
- Get inspiration for events such as gigs, cake sales and clothes drives at Help For Syria.
- Citizens UK offers training to help you lobby your local council to settle 50 Syrian refugees.
- Contact your MP (find their contact details here) and ask them to up the resttlement quota in the UK.
Charities You Can Donate To:
- Save the Children distributes essential items like hygiene kits, diapers and food.
- Red Cross Europe provides emergency health services.
- Migrant Offshore Aid Station is dedicated to preventing migrant deaths at sea.
- International Rescue Committee helps set up camps to improve living conditions.
- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provides basic necessities like water, tents, and healthcare.
- Refugee Action helps by giving advice and support about the asylum process.
- World Vision aims to provide food, water, shelter, education and counseling.
- Oxfam provides emergency shelter, food and water for refugees.