I always say that one of the best things about writing this blog is that I have the opportunity to amplify people and organizations doing social good. Recently, I featured an article about a vet from Afghanistan whose mission is to help other vets when they face medical and bureaucratic challenges. If you’re interested in visiting that piece, please click here.
Today, I have something different. My friend, colleague and fellow author of my most recent book, Linda Spencer, is also a volunteer for Medecins du Monde in Greece. As we all know, the civil war in Syria is obliterating people’s lives. Desperate Syrians are fleeing to the bankrupt country of Greece and throughout the European continent.
Medecins du Monde is the largest provider of medical care in Greece and is now helping the refugees, as well as Greeks who’ve fallen on hard times. Here are some of the facts you might not know about the refugee crisis and why we all have to care:
- 11 million people have been killed or forced to flee in Syria.
- Without doubt, this has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world since World War II.
- More than half of the refugees taking to the sea in rickety boats or even dinghies are younger than 18 years of age. In other words, they’re children.
- Many thousands have drowned, including children, at sea making the dangerous crossing to Greece or Italy. Aylan Kurdi, the 3 year-old boy who drowned and became a symbol of the horror last year is only one of thousands of children. As a grandfather, this fact alone is heartbreaking.
- Last year, nearly one million people – mostly women and children – made their way to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.
- This year Europe is preparing for even more and trying to figure out how to stop it. To imagine a parent deciding that a dangerous voyage on the sea is safer than being on land is a profound thought.
It’s fair to say this is an incredible situation and warrants global attention from everyone to governments, NGOs and to people like you and me. If you’re reading this and asking what you can do, there’s something that’s super easy.
Check out the YouTube music video above. For every view on YouTube this year, Medecins du Monde will receive money to continue the work of doctors, nurses and others facing dual crisis’ in Greece. Take less than 4 minutes of your time to help make a difference.
Remember, if you help one person, you help all of humanity.
Wayne is the author of “Not Your Father’s Charity: How to DOMINATE YOUR Fundraising to Create YOUR Success” (Free Digital Download)
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