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How To Help Victims, Survivors Of Brussels Attacks

More than 30 people were killed.

23/03/2016 4:55 AM AEDT | Updated 24/03/2016 4:45 AM AEDT
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A woman places candles in the shape of a heart outside the stock exchange in Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 

As authorities begin to piece together the details behind Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels, supporters worldwide are coming together to bring aid and relief to the city.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombings at both the Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station, which left more than 30 people dead and more than 200 injured.

In the immediate wake of the attacks, humanitarian aid groups and grassroots efforts have mobilized to help those in the most need.

Here’s how you can help. 

This is a developing list. Please check back for further updates.

  • Contribute to GoFundMe’s Victim Campaign
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    Capitalizing on donors’ eagerness to help, GoFundMe launched a campaign to support victims and families affected by the Brussels terrorist attacks and will donate the funds to an official charity once it’s announced. The platform announced that it will donate all fees and make a contribution of $25,000.

    Learn more about the fundraising effort and how you can get involved here.
  • Get Survivors Emotional Support
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    In the immediate aftermath of an attack, the Survivors Assistance Network provides practical and emotional support to victims and survivors. It also offers long-term programs to help its clients cope with grief and post-traumatic stress.

    Learn more about the Survivors Assistance Network and how you can help here.
  • Donate To Belgian Red Cross
    The Belgian Red Cross has been dutifully collecting blood and dispensed three vehicles equipped with blood donation equipment to the St. Pierre and Brugmann hospitals, according to a statement the organization released. The group initially requested people with O-negative and A-negative blood types to donate blood but later tweeted that it had received a sufficient amount.

    Learn more about the Belgian Red Cross and how you can support the organization here.
  • If You're Local, Help People Stranded In Brussels
    Many travelers and locals were left stranded in Brussels after the Brussels Airport was evacuated, air traffic was suspended and some public transportation remained closed on Tuesday. To help people in need, residents are coming together to open up their homes and vehicles using the hashstags #ikwilhelpen ("I want to help"), #PorteOuverte ("Open Door") and #BrusselsWelcome on social media.
  • Show Solidarity From Afar
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    Demonstrate your support for the grieving city by taking to social media and expressing your thoughts and prayers using the hashtag #JeSuisBruxelles -– I am Brussels.

This article was updated Wednesday morning after officials revised casualty numbers.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mistranslated "#Ikwilhelpen." The error has been corrected.

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