Humans have an astounding ability to ignore horror. Particularly when it’s not happening to us.
How else can we explain the stunning lack of interest in the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis?
Four years of terrible violence in Syria, 16 million people needing aid and yet donations to Syria appeals have slowed to a crawl.
Is it that Australians don’t care? I hope not. Or maybe we can’t see how to make a difference in a crisis this huge?
Two out of three Syrian people need aid, yet Syria’s often forgotten here in Australia.
Imagine if two thirds of your community, your city or your country needed a hand with the basics like food, water and hygiene items to survive.
The basic health and dignity of Syrian people are unacceptably compromised. But small practical contributions can help people survive.
We’re aiming to provide Syrian families, with personal care essentials: toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, sanitary pads and much more, complementing other life-saving services that we support.
We may not be able to solve the Syria crisis over night, but in small ways we can make life more bearable for people trapped in its horror. Please help at redcross.org.au
Peter Walton, head of international programs, Australian Red Cross