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Advent of Activism 7: Earthquake in Iran

2017 was full of disasters. We can do something about it. Each day in December, we're telling you how to help people or places in need. Welcome to our Advent of Activism.

Iranian children pictured next to the rubble of their home on November 15, 2017, two days after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran's western Kermanshah province.

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Iranian children pictured next to the rubble of their home on November 15, 2017, two days after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Iran's western Kermanshah province.

Day 7: Iran Earthquake

On Nov. 12, a devastating earthquake, the worst anywhere in the world in 2017, struck Western Iran near the Iraq border. It killed well over 500 people and injured about 8,000.

Because Iran is subject to various Canadian and international sanctions, opportunities to give directly to relief efforts are limited. But the humanitarian crisis is severe and there are ways to help.

Here are some options:

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is currently appealing for funds to provide affected Iranians with emergency shelter, food and medical supplies.

The Iranian-Canadian community is organizing relief efforts through the Paradise Charity and the Iranian-Canadian Congress.

There are also a handful of U.S.-based charities that have special licences to operate in Iran.

More information about what's allowed when it comes to Canadian dealings with Iran can be found here.

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