I went to a charity event for the Karam Foundation at the Langham Hotel in Chicago (which is very swanky – btw!) and Chelsea Handler, was the guest speaker. Tickets were not cheap, but the dollars went towards helping out Syrian refugees. Most of the other people there were very fancy Real Housewives ladies who were dressed to the nines. I’ve been wanting to see Chelsea live for years, and it was for a good cause – and I’m so happy I went! It was SO amazing and I learned so many things about Syria.
I love Chelsea because she’s hilarious, she doesn’t give a shit what anyone thinks, and she uses her platform to help others. Her show on Netflix is my favorite thing about Fridays. She’s a huge advocate for Syrian refugees and has donated a ton of money to the Karam Foundation.
I know about the refugee crisis and I know things are not great in Syria, but I didn’t know:
- Six years ago, there were almost NO Syrian refugees.
- There are officially 5 million Syrian refugees. That’s almost twice as many people that live in Chicago.
- Almost 3 million of these refugees are in Turkey, where Karam primarily operates.
- 90% of these refugees are urban refugees, meaning they do not live in formal camps served by aid agencies.
- More than 40% of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are out of school – thousands are in child labor.
- At least 3 million Syrian children under 6 only know war.
- 6.3 million Syrians are internally displaced. This means HALF of Syria’s population – over 11 million – have been uprooted from their homes
- 13.5 million people in Syria are in dire need of aid and humanitarian assistance
- As of May 2017, only 20,525 Syrian refugees were resettled in the U.S.
- 78% of the Syrian refugees admitted to the United States are women or children.
- If you ask a Syrian refugee what they need most, they will say: education and work opportunities.
So now, I want to go volunteer here:
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