A non-profit called Carry the Future has raised more than $83,000 through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to provide refugee families with baby carriers. The group is distributing thousands of the backpack-like carriers to recently arrived families in Greece, that provide parents with a safe, warm way to transport their children. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have escaped to Europe, fleeing a brutal civil war in Syria.
So far, volunteers have distributed more than 3,000 of the carriers to families on the island of Kos, and today, they’ll hand out 2,500 in Athens. Cristal Logothetis, the organization’s founder told Mashable, "Being a mom myself, it was easy to imagine myself in their place, and how hard it would be for me to hold my son while I walked for hundreds of miles.” As their Indiegogo explains, "Kos is only the beginning of a long and [arduous] trip for Syrian refugees, so we want to make sure their lives are a bit easier with baby carriers that will lessen the weight and free their arms." Discuss
A suicide bomber reportedly linked to ISIS killed 13 people, including himself, in Tunisia in an attack targeting a bus carrying members of the presidential guard. Government officials have declared a state of emergency as they increase security measures throughout the country. Discuss
Just days after terrorist gunmen and suicide bombers killed more than 120 people in coordinated attacks in Paris, ISIS has released a new video threatening similar attacks in countries fighting the radical Islamic militants. According to Reuters, in a video post by ISIS this morning, a disguised individual openly threatens countries engaging in air strikes in Syria, where the group is primarily headquartered. They specifically name Washington D.C. "We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France's and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.” Another ISIS militant also appears in the video saying they are only interested in negotiating “in the trenches and not in the hotels.” Yesterday, France launched a series of massive airstrikes on ISIS training facilities in Syria. Discuss
Details are still coming in, but according to early reports, at least 60 people have been killed in a series of shootings and bombings in Paris. So far, authorities say that there have been at least six separate locations where gunmen have opened fire, and three different explosions. There are also reports that several gunmen are holding up to 100 hostages at a concert venue where the American band Eagles of Death Metal were performing. France’s president Francois Hollande was evacuated from a large soccer stadium in the city, where France was playing Germany. In video taken at the game, explosions can be heard outside. In a statement addressing the terrorist attacks, President Obama said, "This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share." Discuss