Have you ever seen something that you wish you could un-see?
Seeing it means that you are now accountable to do something. Well, maybe not technically speaking. But I believe that ignoring injustice is one of the most un-Christian things someone can do. I don’t want to go on that rant now, but this is kind of where I’m at with what’s going on in Syria.
I almost wish I had successfully tuned it out.
News about the Syrian civil war has littered headlines for a couple of years now, and we hear stories about immoral war practices, injustices against the people, and a massively growing refugee problem as a result of the fighting. Additionally, new evidence of chemical weapons has brought the conflict to the point of warranting international military response.
Here’s the kicker.
A new report from USAID states that 6.8 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance. There are 4.25 million people displaced (living in refugee camps) inside Syria, and nearly 2 million more displaced in other countries surrounding Syria.
Let’s put this in context.
The total population of Syria is about 20.8 million. This means 1 in every 3 people in the entire country is in need of humanitarian aid. Nearly a third of their total population has been displaced… from their homes, their jobs, their schools.
“We have not seen a refugee outflow escalate at such a frightening rate since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago.” –United Nations Refugee Chief, Antonio Guterres
I hate this stuff. It absolutely… breaks. my. heart.
And one of the most difficult things about this situation is the helpless feeling that overwhelms me. What can Dan King, just an ordinary dude in Florida, do about this? It’s such a big problem, and I’m just one guy who can’t do anything to stop the power struggles and fighting.
This is exactly the kind of issue I struggled with in the War, Terrorism, and Genocide chapter in Activist Faith. Here’s the thing we have to remember. We may not be able to do anything about the civil unrest. We may agree or disagree with U.S. and other International intervention. But, the good news is that there are people who are getting humanitarian aid in to those suffering as a result of this conflict.
There’s a big need in the camps of these refugees for things like food, clean water, medical care, hygiene items, blankets, and shelter. Check out this video from one organization that’s getting this kind of aid in to the refugees:
In the absence of basic necessities, problems and fighting begin to break out among people in refugee camps. In the absence of clean water and other hygiene resources, disease spreads quickly. And in the absence of medical care, these diseases can easily become fatal.
All because it’s safer to be there than in your own home.
And now with Syria, I can’t turn my back. I know how bad the situation is there. And, as a Christian, I feel obligated to run towards a solution that restores hope to people who are hurting and suffering.
So here’s what I’m we’re doing.
I’d love it if we could provide food and medicine for twelve refugee children for one month. It costs $360. That’s it.
Jump over to our Syria Refugee Aid campaign page, and drop $10 or $20 on this campaign. By doing this, you’ll be making a real, immediate impact in the life of a Syrian child. You can bring life-giving Hope to people who are fighting just to survive. And that Hope carries with it a Gospel message that can leave an eternal impact in a region that severely needs it.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (ESV)
Martin Luther once said, “Here I stand, I can do no other.” Even though my context in this situation is very different than his, this is also the cry of my heart at this moment. I cannot un-see what has already been exposed to me. And I cannot sit quietly waiting for someone else to do something. Our Jesus called us to more than that, and He deserves a response from me us when we see injustice like this in our world.
Let’s do this…
Oh, and here are a couple other ways you can help. So even if $5 isn’t in the budget, you can do something like this to help the children of Syria:
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