The heartwrenching picture of a lifeless 3-year-old boy found washed ashore in Turkey continues to bring the world’s attention to the humanitarian crisis in Europe. Aylan Kurdi died along with his 5-year-old brother Ghalib and mother Rehan during their desperate attempt to flee war and poverty in the Middle East.
So far this year, more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea in their quest to reach Europe, but some 2,500 people have died or gone missing according to the UN Refugee Agency. Nearly 4 million Syrian refugees live in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
You can help them by donating to these charities:
The UN Refugee Agency: Provides cash for medicine and food, stoves and fuel for heating, insulation for tents, thermal blankets and winter clothing.
Save the Children: Supplies food for Syrian kids and supports education in Syrian refugee camps.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: MSF is operating three rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea that can carry hundreds of people to land.
Unicef: Delivers vaccines, winter clothes and food for children in Syria and neighboring countries. The agency is working to immunize more than 22 million children in the region following a polio outbreak.
International Rescue Committee: The group's emergency team is in Greece, where nearly 1,000 people are arriving per day.
World Food Programme: The agency says it is struggling to meet the urgent food needs of millions of displaced Syrians.
Mercy Corps: Refugees are most in need of clean water, sanitation services, temporary shelter and food, the agency says.
Aylan Kurdi & Syria's Child Victims of War: A new fund named after Aylan himself. Money goes to "Hand In Hand For Syria," a U.K. based organization that works with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
This article was originally posted on Today.com