Genocide in Aleppo - We are watching

Photo: The Atlantic

Photo: The Atlantic

As of this afternoon, 3,000 civilians have been evacuated from Aleppo, the ICRC ( international committee of the Red Cross) says they expect that number to double by the end of the day. 

The atrocities committed by the Assad run government over the past five years are too many to number. From bombing schools and playgrounds specifically targeting children, to chemical warfare & starving tens of hundreds of people in the hope of forcing out the rebels that were in Aleppo. 

Heartbreaking, gut wrenching and painful. What is happening in Syria has brought us to our knees. 

Photo: Newsweek 

Photo: Newsweek 

We have been trying to wrap our heads around how and why this happened... How our Country stood by and let this happen for 5 long years. Why in God's name Assad & Putin are not going to prison for crimes of war, crimes against humanity! 

Yet, Assad phrases the evacuation of Aleppo as a victory. 

US Secretary of State John Kerry meanwhile accused Syrian leaders of carrying out "nothing short of a massacre" in Aleppo and urged them to return to peace talks in Geneva.

"The only remaining question is whether the Syrian regime, with Russia's support, is willing to go to Geneva prepared to negotiate constructively, and whether or not they're willing to stop this slaughter of their own people," he said in Washington.

We can't explain all the horrors and details to you, but we hope you will take the time to research and learn what has happened, what is happening and how we can try and stand up and never let it happen again.

You are probably feeling as helpless and confused as we are. 

We are Mother's and that alone gives us the right to stand up and say, "What can we do? How can we help?" 

Every Christmas we make suggestions for charities that you can give to. This year, we are focused 100% on how to help the people of Aleppo. 

Here is what we have found... 

While the evacuation is happening anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 people still remain in Aleppo many of them children and many of those children orphans. 

The White Helmets

Photo: Al Jazeera

Photo: Al Jazeera

A group of 2,900 civilians who actually go in and perform rescue missions after government airstrikes since 2013. Thir moto is- "To save one life-is to save all humanity" giving to this fund will help pay for medical care of these dedicated first responders who are risking their lives trying to help people right on the front lines. 

 

Karam Foundation- 

If a child leaves Syria or if they stay this is a direct way to donate to the children of Syria. Help rebuild schools and support the ones still remaining. Sponsor a Syrian refugee child, the Karam Foundation provides long-term support for children and families. 

 

Unicef

A trusted name, Unicef has been helping people and children all over the world for all of our lives. Here is what they say about helping Syrian families. 

"UNICEF and its partners are committed to delivering essential services for Syrian families and keeping Syrian children from becoming a ‘lost generation’. Critical efforts are being made to minimize the impact of the crisis on children – including in the life-saving areas of health, nutrition, immunization, water and sanitation, as well as education and child protection.

UNICEF is also working in neighboring countries to support Syrian refugee families and the host communities in which they have settled. 

These efforts are critical not only for defending the rights of children, but also for safeguarding their future."

Please do whatever you feel in your heart that you can do to help these people. After 5 long and heartbreaking years, the world is finally watching. How can we stand by and let this genocide take place while we are silent?