How To Help The Istanbul Attack Victims, Even From Across The Globe
On Tuesday, three suicide attackers opened fired and set off bombs at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 230. Although ISIS has not claimed responsibility, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it was likely carried out by the violent militant group. As with every devastating attack, the city will need a lot of support to recover — nothing can undo such a shitty tragedy, but helping victims of the Istanbul attack with all the financial burdens that come with serious injuries, helping the families of those killed cover funeral costs, and even showing solidarity online can at least make the aftermath a little less awful.
Update: Turkish officials announced Wednesday that after arriving to the airport in a taxi together, one attacker opened fire and then denoted explosives in the arrivals hall. A second attacker went upstairs to the departures hall and set off a bomb, killing himself. The third attacker remained outside and set off explosives as people ran out of the airport.
Ataturk is one of the busiest airports in Europe, and at least 13 of those killed were foreigners, including one Iranian and one Ukrainian, according to BBC. The airport was closed overnight, but reopened for flights Wednesday.
“The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters, calling for a unified fight against terrorism. If you want to assist the people of Istanbul as they recoup, here are a few ways you can help.
Donate To Relief Efforts
The Turkish Red Crescent Society, the country’s Red Cross, gives blood to hospitals that can save lives, and even if you aren’t in Turkey to donate blood, you can support the organization’s efforts by donating money. To donate specifically to the attack victims, you can give money to a fund established by the Razoo Foundation, which will work with international organizations (including the International Red Crescent) to provide support and aid to victims. The fundraiser page says it will be updated regularly to show how the money’s being used in Istanbul.
After the terrorist attack, local news channels urged Turks to donate blood. If you are in Turkey, you can donate through the Turkish Red Crescent Society or mobile donation centers set up throughout the city.
Show Support Online
Simply showing the people of Istanbul that the world supports them and hurts for them creates a sense of global unity against terrorism. We can’t stop the pain or even be there to offer comfort in person, but we can show support on social media.
It can feel like there’s nothing you can do after terrorist attacks in other cities and countries, but whatever help you can offer will make a difference.