I’m reading a lot of outrage from people who object to seeing dead Syrian children in their Facebook/Twitter feed, and I understand their point of view, but I don’t share it.
Over 250,000 Syrians have been killed since 2011, most of them by the Assad regime. The world has done nothing to protect civilians in Syria to allow them to stay in their homeland. Calls made by Syrians since October 2011 for a No Fly Zone have gone unanswered.
Such powerful images affect world opinion – we know this because Europe increased its rescue operations in the Mediterranean after terrible images of refugee bodies appeared throughout European media. Such images also affect individuals into caring more about the Syrian crisis and donating. I know this because since the photo of 3-year-old Elan al-Kurdi went viral, several Israelis have asked my how they can donate to Syrian refugees.
Unfortunately, people need to shocked into action and images do this. A lengthy article (for example, this great one ) about the Syrian refugee crisis are read by few, but images are shared and seen by many.
If the image of little Elan saves future lives or alleviates the suffering of Syrians, it is our duty to bear witness and make others do so as well.
If you want to help Syrians inside Syria and Syrian refugees, please consider donating to these two excellent Syrian aid NGOs, which have done great work for years now. Their work is based on dedicated volunteers, and hence the overhead costs are very low.
Donations can be made from Israel too, as they are registered outside of Syria.
If you want to donate to an international NGO, please consider donation to Doctors without Borders who operate hospitals in Syria and rescue refugees at sea