More than 1 Million people fled to Europe in 2015 from places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and Syria, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Around 50% of them are Syrians seeking sanctuary from violence or persecution at home. They risk a dangerous trip, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea or the long trek by land, to get there. It’s an extremely difficult choice to make, but some feel it’s the only option. The United Nations reports that thousands have unfortunately died trying to escape.
By July 2016, an additional 240,000+ people had risked the treacherous sea journey to get to Europe. Even though you may not be hearing about this in the media anymore, the crisis has not stopped.
Islamic Relief staff is helping Syrian refugees and others across Europe, in places like Italy, Germany, Greece, Turkey and elsewhere, with aid like food, water, hygiene kits, translations services, map distributions and more. But if your support ends, so too will their ability to deliver essential aid.