How To Help Victims Of The Istanbul Airport Attack

As Turkey and the world are still reeling from Tuesday’s attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, people all over have stepped up to show their support.

Individuals and organizations have rushed to help the victims and their family members after three suicide bombers opened fire and detonated their vests, killing 41 people and injuring 239.

Ataturk Airport is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind us together,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. 

Here’s how you can help. 

Donate To The Turkish Red Cross 

We hold hands of families who wait for their loved ones in front of the hospitals in İstanbul #YouAreNotAlone

— Turkish Red Crescent (@RedCrescentTR) June 29, 2016

The Turkish Red Crescent Society was on scene after the attack, delivering hot meals to victims’ family members and providing blood to hospitals that were treating the wounded. To donate to the Turkish Red Crescent’s efforts, give here.


Support Victims And Their Families

#Istanbul fundraiser is now LIVE! RT & donate to help #IstanbulAttack victims & families

— Razoo (@razoo) June 29, 2016

Crowdfunding site Razoo launched a fundraiser after the Istanbul terror attack, with funds going to international organizations, such as the International Red Cross, helping victims and their families. To help victims’ families, donate here. 


If You’re Local, Give Blood

Photo shows crowds lined up outside hospital, waiting to give blood after Istanbul attack.

— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) June 29, 2016

After the Istanbul attack, people lined up in droves at a nearby hospital to donate blood for the wounded. If you are in Istanbul and would like to contribute, the Turkish Red Cross tweeted out a list of places to give blood.


If You’re In Turkey, Tell Your Loved Ones You’re Safe

Facebook Safety Check activated after Istanbul airport explosions

— Andrew Katz (@katz) June 28, 2016

Facebook activated its safety check feature in the wake of the Istanbul attack, so people in the area could notify family and friends that they were okay. If you are near Istanbul, consider marking yourself safe, to reassure your loved ones.


If Your Loved Ones Are In Turkey, Make Sure They Are Safe

The attack in Istanbul is horrifying & senseless. We’re making it free to call/text from the US to Turkey thru Tues.

— John Legere (@JohnLegere) June 29, 2016

Both T-Mobile and Verizon announced that they’re allowing free texts and international calls from the U.S. to Turkey in the wake of the attacks. If you know someone in Turkey, consider sending them a message to check on their wellbeing.


Don’t Stay Silent

A small picture that speaks a powerful message. Where is the media and coverage today?

— Jhanzaib Talib (@JhanzaibTalib) June 29, 2016

Many have shared the image above on Twitter to comment on the silence from social media and news media in the wake of the Istanbul attack, particularly when compared to the outcry after the Paris and Brussels attacks in the past year.  


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