There are plenty of us who are getting tired of turning on our computers and seeing more violence happening in the world. The tragedy and terror currently gripping Aleppo is no exception and, quite frankly, has everyone on edge. Children's book authors Dana Alison Levy and Rachael Allen have decided to do something to help with their hashtag #KidlitForAleppo.
This new campaign allows other authors to interact with fans about what they are doing to help Aleppo. If a fan posts a screenshot proving that they donated to "an organization like the White Helmets, Doctors Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee" with the hashtag, their post will be retweeted. Authors will also offer prizes every Sunday.
"There are some incredible and heroic groups working to save people in Aleppo, and their stories move me almost as much as the tragedies of those who are trapped," wrote Levy in a blog post. "I’ve donated money, given more donations as gifts in people’s names, and talked them up whenever the subject arises. But it doesn’t feel like enough."
GOOD MORNING TWITTER!!! #KidlitforAleppo is happening now! Check out the hashtag to see all kinds of amazing prizes from authors you love.— Dana Alison Levy (@Danaalisonlevy) December 18, 2016
First two people to make a $20 donation and DM me with screenshot, I'll critique 25 pages. #KidlitForAleppo— Carrie Ann (@Writer_Carrie) December 18, 2016
A personalized copy of Suffer Love + How to Make Wish swag to the 1st person who DMs me proof of $20+ donation for Aleppo. #kidlitforaleppo— Ashley Blake ❄️✨❄️ (@ashleyhblake) December 18, 2016
Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, around 400,000 people have died. On Sunday, the same day Russia said "it would veto a resolution to send UN observers to Aleppo," five buses meant to evacuate the sick and wounded were torched. On Monday, pro-government forces were reported to have killed at least 82 civilians between private residences and public streets, sending a shock throughout the world.
"[I] don’t know if it will make a difference," Levy wrote. "The whole 'light a candle instead of cursing the darkness thing' — it can feel pointless. After all, one candle doesn’t feel like much. But when everyone lights a candle … Well. The light gets brighter, that’s all."
As of December 18, 2016, the United Nations reported at least 50,000 people trapped in eastern Aleppo.