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September 04, 2015

Refugee Charities See Giving Surge After Syrian Boy's Death

The drowning death of a Syrian toddler whose family was trying to reach Europe has spurred a surge in support for aid groups and charities focused on migrant issues, reports The Independent.

As images of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi's body washed up on a beach in Turkey galvanized world attention on the migrant crisis, grassroots groups have sprung up across Britain to raise money for refugees and pressure the British government to take in more people fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, according to the newspaper, which is itself campaigning on the issue.

The British Red Cross has launched a major appeal to support its work with refugees and asylum seekers at home and abroad, The Independent also writes. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a charity launched last year by a Malta-based American philanthropist to protect refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea, collected nearly $170,000 in 24 hours — 15 times its previous one-day high, The Guardian reports.