How To Show Support For The Child Victims Of The Syrian War

Emerging from the rubble of an airstrike, a 5-year-old boy has become an icon for child suffering at the hands of the Syrian conflict. Shell-shocked, Omran Daqneesh sits still in the back of an ambulance, covered in dust and blood while emergency responders search for his family members. He is still and he is scared, but he is alive. Similar images of destruction and terror abound, compelling the international community to wonder how they, too, might show their support for the child victims of the Syrian war.

As the Syrian civil war wages on, children are constantly caught in the crossfires of an ugly conflict. The United Nations has vocalized its frustrations with failed humanitarian efforts, commenting that attempts to provide aid remain futile as long as their access to affected areas is continuously denied. "What we are hearing and seeing is only fighting, offensives, counteroffensives, rockets, barrel bombs, mortars, hellfire cannons, napalm, chlorine, snipers, airstrikes, suicide bombers," insists U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. In order to effectively administer aid, he called for a "48-hour pause in Aleppo," seeking support from the U.S., Russia, as well as local influencers.

Whereas a halt on attacks altogether would be the most effective salve for Syria's open wounds, there are other noteworthy actions that can be made to lessen the suffering. Below are a few organizations that are working to help Syrian children, some asking for monetary donations and others simply asking for some of your time or attention (which you can easily give with a retweet or post on social media):

Doctors Without Borders

Surgeons prepare 10-year-old schoogirl Amal Badran, who was badly wounded in her leg in air strikes that targeted an area near a school in Douma, for surgery at a field hosptial in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus, on December 13, 2015. At least 31 civilians were killed in heavy bombardment of the besieged Ghouta region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images)

Medical facilities have been bombed heavily in Syria, often to the point of nonuse. Doctors without Borders works to provide medical care in nonconventional places in Syria such as "a private home, a chicken farm, even a cave." A donation would allow expanded medical care in a country that truly needs it.


Syrian men carry injured children amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported air strikes on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Mashhad in the northern city of Aleppo, on July 25, 2016. Air strikes and barrel bomb attacks killed 16 civilians in rebel-held parts of Aleppo province, with rebel rocket fire onto government areas killing three more, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. / AFP / Baraa Al-Halabi (Photo credit should read BARAA AL-HALABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Offering "education, physical protection, psychological support and clothing," UNICEF focuses on Syrian children both inside and outside of the country. The organization works on multiple levels to provide security to children amidst ultimate chaos.

Mercy Corps

TOPSHOT - Syrian children sit on the back of a pickup in the northern Syrian town of Manbij as civilians go back to their homes on August 14, 2016 more than a week after the Arab-Kurdish alliance, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), pushed the Islamic State (IS) group out of the city. The last remaining IS fighters abandoned the city of Manbij near the Turkish border on August 12, 2016 after a rout the Pentagon said showed the extremists were 'on the ropes'. The retreat from the city which IS captured in 2014 was the jihadists' worst defeat yet at the hands of the SDF backed by US air power. / AFP / DELIL SOULEIMAN (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

With a focus on the future of young Syrian refugees, Mercy Corps works to "create safe spaces and develop constructive activities to help [children] heal from trauma, build friendships and develop critical life skills."

Save The Children

Displaced Syrians from the family of Syrian farmer Ahmad Farhat Ismail, who fled the northern conflict-ridden city Aleppo with his family, rest at their home after collecting tomatoes at a farm in the coastal city of Tartus on July 4, 2016. When the farmers of Syria's Tartus province went off to war, their famed tomato vines were left to wither. However, this summer, the crops are being revived -- not by returning soldiers, but by displaced farmers from other parts of Syria who have found refuge in the relatively peaceful coastal province. / AFP / LOUAI BESHARA / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY MAHER AL-MOUNES (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Meeting basic needs such as clean water, warm clothes, and shelter, Save the Children's efforts in Syria are broken down into different levels of donations. For $50 you can provide a family with a basket of food, for $250 you can provide shelter to keep a family safe, and amounts in between offer other much-needed aid.

International Rescue Committee

Refugees from Syria wait to register at the German army's air base in Erding, southern Germany, on January 31, 2016. Germany's eurosceptic right-wing populist AfD party created a storm by suggesting police 'if need be' should threaten to shoot migrants seeking to enter the country. / AFP / dpa / Andreas GEBERT / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read ANDREAS GEBERT/AFP/Getty Images)

If you're unable to donate money to help the Syrian refugee crisis, you can volunteer your time. You can apply to mentor a refugee family through your local IRC office, helping parents to find job and provide a more secure life for their families.

The past five years of unrest in Syria have led to the death of hundreds of thousands of children—4,500 in Aleppo alone. Small gestures and donations can provide stability to lives that have been anything but stable.