We always say “never again” and yet it happens again and again… As in every war it’s the women and children who are suffering the most. Bullets and bombs kill parents, friends, husbands and children. Rape is so common that women are killing themselves and their children in order to "escape" this two pronged horror . They know that even if they and their daughters live through a rape they will still be seen and treated as “ruined”. 

1. Join demonstrations where you live in London, protesters are meeting outside 10 Downing Street at 8.30pm, outside the Syrian Embassy at 9pm, and at other events scheduled in Liverpool and Manchester on Tuesday 13th December. Use the hashtag #StandWithAleppo to find demonstrations in your area - and if there isn’t one, organize one.

2. Call and email your MP and MEP. Let them know you want the government to do more than “condemn the violence.” Petition them to start aid drops for Aleppo and other starving areas of Syria, and ask them to consider measures such as sanctions or diplomatic repercussions for the Syrian and Russian governments.

3. Donate to relief efforts. The Syrian government has blocked UN aid shipments from entering Aleppo since the siege barricades went up in July. A list of trustworthy local and international NGOs working on the ground in Syria can be found here  Organizations

4. If you have a specific skill set, volunteer your time. Medical professionals have helped saved innumerable lives by assisting the beleaguered doctors and nurses in Aleppo by giving advice via Skype. Get in touch with US-based SAMS, a medical charity that operates all over Syria, for how to get involved. If you speak Arabic and can offer translation services for aid organisations, contact your local branch.

5. Support the global refugee effort. Refugee resettlement in the UK is done on a voluntary basis by constituency. Tell your Local Government Association if you would be willing to foster an unaccompanied refugee child, and that refugee families are welcome in your area. Tell your local council and MP that you want the UK to agree to take in more refugees. Jordan and Lebanon - Syria’s neighbors - are currently home to almost three million Syrians. The UK has agreed to resettle 20,000 by 2020, and is currently not on track to reach that target. 

Article by Anna Quick Palmer

Anna Quick-Palmer