MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 8, 2015) — The Syrian crisis is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. As the Syrian refugee crisis reaches into Europe, people are waking up to the magnitude of this humanitarian emergency.
Since 2011, half of all Syrians have fled their homes but the vast majority, 7.6 million of them, are still inside Syria. Since the beginning, the humanitarian response has been vastly underfunded – we are seeing the consequences now as the magnitude of this crisis reaches into and across Europe.
This is a wake-up call. We need to seize this moment to mount a global humanitarian response in Syria. We know that 6 million people INSIDE Syria require emergency food assistance right now. The humanitarian response has been operating half-empty for years. If help doesn’t arrive soon, more desperate families will be forced to flee.
The time to act is now. The world has the ability to turn this crisis around. What we are seeing now is just the tip of the iceberg. If people do not step forward to help Syria, the situation will get worse.
MINNESOTANS CAN HELP: Syrians need emergency support. Donate to the American Refugee Committee now at ARCrelief.org – contributions will be put to work immediately to provide emergency relief for Syrians in Syria.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE: American Refugee Committee programs are built from the ground up. We work with people at the most vulnerable points in their lives, when they have lost everything to war or disaster. They let us know what they need most, and we work together to develop ways to help them get it. Our programs are as diverse as the people we serve, but they all work together for the same goal: to help people take back control of their lives. We have worked with refugees around the world for more than 30 years, and our 1600 staff members help nearly 3 million people a year throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East. ARC is also building a 21st Century humanitarian organization rooted in co-creating with committed people to provide more meaningful solutions to humanitarian crises worldwide. We are based in Minneapolis, MN. To learn more, visit www.ARCrelief.org .