3 things you can do right now about the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo

Eastern Aleppo has experienced rampant violence since the Syrian conflict began in 2012. It has been largely deserted because of daily impending airstrikes, but those that have been unable to escape are now caught in unparalleled levels of fighting between Syrian rebel and government forces.

The United Nations reported at least 82 execution style killings of civilians. The remaining citizens of Aleppo are tweeting for their lives.

Here’s what you can do in response:

1) Urgent Action Fund has made and will continue to make grants to support the evacuation and security of Syrian women human rights defenders. Such women are lawyers who worked on domestic violence issues and have been particularly targeted by rebel and government forces alike. Continue to support our work so we can continue to evacuate and keep Syrian women, children, and their advocates safe.

2) A humanitarian response is also needed in times of such crisis. The International Rescue Committee has provided humanitarian support to over 1.4 million people, primarily children, in Syria. David Millbrand, IRC President & CEO released a statement earlier today declaring: “Eastern Aleppo a bloody graveyard for thousands of innocent people and for the death of respect for international law and the rules of war.”

3) If you are currently residing in the US or are a US citizen you can also engage with our domestic government in two ways. First, write to your representatives in Washington DC and ask them to set aside US aid for victims of the conflict in Syria. Second, advisors to UAF involved in Syrian Human Rights work advise that you call the Syrian Mission to the United Nations in New York and tell them you are concerned about grave violations of the Geneva Conventions being committed in Aleppo and you will not stop paying attention and demanding accountability. Demand they adopt the UN plan for the evacuation of civilians. The Syrian Mission number is +12126611313.

Syrian Mission is not always prepared to accept these messages if people are in meetings. Tell them would like to leave a message for whomever is responsible for responding to such issues, and reiterate that you expect the Mission to be taking tally of the kinds of messages they are receiving on this issue.