"The Child at Your Door." 400,000 Orphans Starving, No State Aid Available. Campaign for $30,000,000


The American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief was established in 1915 with the cooperation of the United States Department of State, for the purpose of providing humanitarian relief to Armenians forcibly deported from Anatolia to other parts of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. The Ottoman parliament passed a law by which privately collected funds from the United States could be distributed to displaced Armenians via the U.S. Embassy in Constantinople. The committee, which raised millions of dollars at public rallies and churches, issued this poster as part of a fund-raising campaign in Baltimore, Maryland, in February 1917. The poster cites the 400,000 starving orphans and indicates “no state aid available,” emphasizing the need for voluntary contributions. The poster identifies Armenia, Greece, Syria, and Persia as areas of need. After World War I, the American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief was given a charter by the U.S. Congress and changed its name to the American Committee for Relief in the Near East. The organization was credited with caring for 132,000 Armenian orphans in Tbilisi, Constantinople, Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem, and other locations in the Near East.

Last updated: November 14, 2017