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Urgent Aid for Kurdish Refugees

Kurdish communities are under siege ⁠— fleeing from a Turkish military invasion in northern Syria. The Trump administration gave the go-ahead for this attack, and now thousands of people are in danger and on the run.

We have to act immediately. MADRE is making emergency grants to grassroots organizations in Syria and across the region that are mobilizing urgently to meet people’s needs.

For example, many have sought safety from the airstrikes and ground attacks by fleeing to Iraq, with more than 7,100 refugees crossing that border since just last Monday. The majority are women and children coming from areas hard hit by the Turkish military.

As we speak, local organizers with a group called the Public Aid Organization are setting up a new refugee camp in the northern Kurdish area of Iraq. With our emergency support, they will provide basic services, including medical care and trauma counseling. They can also ensure that the camp is a safe space for women and girls, for instance by prioritizing lighting and separate, secure washing areas.

Support for local organizations is essential right now, as many international aid agencies have been forced by violence to shut down their operations. Brave, grassroots first-responders are in the best position to meet the most vital needs of people who have lost everything.

When our local partners mobilize to save lives in the face of war and disaster, MADRE is there with them ⁠— thanks to our Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund. Make a gift today to support crucial aid and long-term care for women and families in crisis.

Your support makes it possible for us to move quickly when our partners need us the most. Thank you for standing with us.

October 22, 2019