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4 million Syrian Refugees: How can you help?

*All photos used with permission from Anglican Aid in Northern Iraq

“Sometimes you can know all the facts and statistics surrounding an unfolding tragedy, but it somehow remains an intangible or external problem. A problem that is almost too hard to get your head around.

And then you see a photo. And somehow it changes everything. I don’t know how you felt when you saw the image of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi lying lifeless, face down in the sands of a Turkish beach. I felt sick with overwhelming sorrow. And despair. And anger.

I turned away, but that image will never leave me. That photo isn’t just a story of one tragedy. It is the story of thousands of real people in a fight for life itself.”

Mike Baird (NSW Premier)

Over the last few days Australia has been rudely awoken to the Syrian and Iraqi refugees situations due to the devastating photographs of a young lifeless Syrian boy washed up on the shores of Turkey. While many have heard ‘from a distance’ about the difficulties these people face, it has been these images that has stirred many into thinking more seriously about ‘How can we help?’.

I personally can’t house a refugee… and even if I could, well, it’s clearly not as simple as offering your cousin Craig a bed for a few weeks. So what can we actually do?


One of our clients – Anglican Aid has been contributing into emergency relief for displaced Syrian and Iraqi projects for the last two years. The last week we’ve actually been putting together an Annual Report for them, and a large double-page spread within this document tells the story of the desperate plight of people driven from their homes.

To find out more about the needs of Syrians and Iraqis from a different perspective (through Anglican Aid) and an easy way to give to established projects, see the links at the bottom of this page…






Syrian Emergency Project
Iraqi Emergency Project