FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – For more than eight years, civil war in Syria has decimated the landscape, killed men, women and children and torn apart families. It is a crisis that has gone largely unnoticed in much of the world.
In Fort Wayne, Indiana, however, there are those who have done more than simply take notice; they have taken action.
Fort Wayne’s NBC anchor Tom Powell explores the crisis, those affected and the neighbors among us who have stepped in to make a difference — and to raise awareness of what’s happening.
SANCTUARY IN THE SHAMBLES
An estimated one million displaced Syrians are living in Lebanon today — often in subhuman conditions.
Makeshift camps are marked by squalor in what has become the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, according to the United Nations.
Sixty percent are children.
Recently, two friends from Fort Wayne packed their bags for a most unusual journey to the heart of that crisis. What they encountered was even more than they ever anticipated.
THE CRISIS, SOLUTIONS AND HOPE
Though the suffering is nearly half-a-world away, anchor Tom Powell, in March, hosted a discussion featuring members of the Fort Wayne community with a commitment to the cause. That conversation focused on the crisis, solutions and hope.
As a leading organization coming to the aid of refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries, the United Nations is spreading the message worldwide. Here’s how the U.N.’s refugee agency is getting the word out.
HOW TO HELP
The following links will connect you with organizations featured in the Fort Wayne’s NBC program, “They’re Dying and Nobody Cares.”
- Fort Wayne for Refugees
- Lighthouse Peace Initiative: The Manara Center
- UNHCR Donations Page
- SAB (Souritay Across Borders) – Rehab and Education Center