The Syrian refugee crisis continues this week as the world confronts what the United Nations calls “the biggest refugee and migration crisis since the Second World War.”
“Refugees from Syria are now the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation with over 4.08 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and the larger region.”
– European Commission – Humanitarian Aid Civil Protection
By mid-2014, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that 10.8 million of Syria’s 22 million population were affected by the conflict, and are in need of humanitarian assistance. An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge within Syria, or leaving the country altogether.
To escape the violence, Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, while thousands more have escaped to the Caucasus, the Persian Gulf, North Africa and Europe. However, according to the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, countries bordering Syria are “approaching a dangerous saturation point.”
In response to the world’s escalating refugee crises, members of a decentralized organization incorporated on the Bitcoin blockchain, Bitnation, have been working on its new Humanitarian Aid program.
“Bitnation Refugee Emergency Response (BRER) is a Humanitarian Aid Project of Bitnation to facilitate and provide Emergency Services and Humanitarian Aid to refugees during the European Refugee Crisis of September 2015.”
Bitnation’s CEO and Founder, Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, is no stranger to the problems faced by refugees, her father claimed asylum in Sweden. “I’ve had asylum seekers living in my home while waiting for papers, etc. Not to mention, I’m from a family of refugees myself,” Tarkowski Tempelhof explained.
The CEO also has professional experience with the