Leiko Ikemura, Sven ‘t Jolle, Mai-Thu Perret, Sophie von Hellermann & Sybren Vanoverberghe
We’re learning to recognize our privileges, flaws and responsibilities. We stand in solidarity with those who fight for children and refugees in war zones, always, and especially during times of COVID. We are researching ways to create and amplify more diversity in our community, structurally, and use our position in a more substantial and helpful manner, structurally. In doing so, we would like to use our platform to shine some extra light on a handful of initiatives doing this already.
Please consider signing petitions, donating and making use of resources to educate yourself and others via the links below. Thanks to all creating and running these initiatives.
Yemen, located on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Two-thirds of the population, around 24 million people, are at risk of starvation, cholera, war, and poverty. The civil war happening in Yemen since 2014 has brought their health care system to the brink of collapse and in urgent need of help. The media isn’t giving this humanitarian crisis the awareness that it needs, and on top of that, COVID is making Yemen’s hunger and economic crisis even worse by the minute.
Here is how COVID is affecting Yemen:
Please read and/or donate here.
The resource above is useful for periodic updates on the civil war happening in Yemen right now, as well as a good overview from 2014 to now. It’s imperative to remain educated on the humanitarian crises happening around the world, regardless of their geographical approximation to us.
Please read more here.
“INARA provides life-altering medical care for children from conflict areas who have catastrophic injuries or illnesses and are unable to access treatment due to war.”
The organization came about after an assessment that was carried out in 2015 that made clear how horribly significant the gaps in medical assistance to children in the refugee population are. INARA’s initial location is in Beirut, Lebanon who has recently suffered from a devastating explosion killing around 200 people and injuring about 5,000 others. Their experience in Lebanon catapulted their expansion into other countries where children suffering in war-torn homes reside. With our help and resources, we can help and protect these children from COVID, bombs, wars, and more.
Please read and/or donate here.
It’s been three years since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims (Indo-Aryan ethnic group who predominantly follow Islam and reside in Rakhine State, Myanmar) were slaughtered and forced to flee Myanmar by their own army. They fled to Bangladesh only to be met with violence, backed by local Buddhist mobs, who responded to their arrival by burning their villages and attacking and killing Rohingya people.
“At least 6,700 Rohingya, including at least 730 children under the age of five, were killed in the month after the violence broke out.” – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
With more than half a million Rohingya people still living in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine province, UN investigators have warned that there is a “serious risk that genocidal actions may occur or recur”.
Thanks for your support and for spreading the above messages and causes.