It is the people who have no say in making wars who suffer from the consequences of them.
– Philippa Carr
I am not really a political person, and I find all of the middle East issues incredibly complicated. The only thing I can say I know about this is that any human being that is suffering should be helped if possible. No matter where they are from, what economic background or religion. Under every circumstance we should give of ourselves in the ways that we can. I do care about what goes on in this world. I am in shock at the horrendous situation that is still going on and worsening in Syria. I may compose a song about it at some point, but for today I spill on my MacBook.
Syria’s crisis, which began in March 2011, has killed more than 250,000 people and wounded more than 1 million.
A few facts about the Syrian refugee crisis. (From World Vision)
- Nearly 12 million Syrians have been displaced by the fighting — at least 7.6 million within Syria, and more than 4 million as refugees in neighbouring countries.
- Increasing numbers of refugees are attempting to reach Europe.
- About half of those displaced are children.
- Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school.
Europe is faced with a major struggle with all of the migrants that are in need of a place to safely settle. Over 6,000 Syrian refugees have flooded into Austria and Germany over the last few days. Both Austria and Germany opened their borders to the escapees fleeing the civil war in the tumultuous Middle East. Many more refugees are to come.
This is quickly becoming the worst refugee crisis in recent history. Austria and Germany have stated that they will allow thousands of refugees in, but other countries are not as enthusiastic. Some other European countries see it as way too big of an issue to handle, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown her advocacy for helping Syrian refugees and asks other EU members to take more refugees into their counties. She as been quoted stating that there should be no limit to the number of migrants they would take, as they are a secure and financially strong country and will do whatever is necessary. The U.S., on the other hand has agreed to allowing 8,000 total. Even though the US and EU are leading in support for the crisis world-wide, the U.S is far beneath the European support. Compared to Germany’s commitment to 800,000, 8,000 is not really going to cut it. Australia is on board slightly, but also not enough. It really will require a proactive stance from ALL economically sound countries to help one of the biggest humanitarian crises ever known.
This week, the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott told a press conference he was moved by some images that have been in the media that are putting ” a human face” on the crisis. He said he was prepared to accept more refugees from Syria, but not raise the overall yearly intake. Australia’s overall yearly intake of refugees which stands close to 14,000 total. Abbott wants Australia’s focus to be on families and women and children, especially of persecuted minorities. Apparently most of the refugees are christians fleeing from ISIS. Last year Australia allowed more than 4,400 people from Syria and Iraq to settle in the country. The overall refugee intake will increase to 18,750 by 2018. This is better than nothing, but we still could do more, surely.
What’s happening in Syria now for those that are left behind?
The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria is only adding to the already massive crisis of child labour and hindered education to the Syrian children. Many of the children are, in fact, the main bread winners of the families, and have no other choice but to bring in income and forfeit their education. We know that child labour is wrong across the board, and the despicable conditions in which they work only adds extra anguish to an open festering wound worldwide. The children are often beaten and abused both verbally and physically. We have so many heart breaking issues across the planet to tackle, so where do we start? Syria is potentially at risk of losing an entire generation of children due to this crisis, so it seems we need to be focusing on that first and foremost.
On a more positive note, there is one particularly beautiful woman and her friends that are doing amazing, heart centred things to help these people in dire need. Nawal Soufi, a Moroccan-Italian woman has been called the “Angel of the Migrants.” Together with a group of friends, she distributes baby food, clothes, and kind words of loving encouragement to migrants as they land on their shores of Italy. She inspires and gives hope to the immigrants by telling them that she loves them all, and gives them God’s blessing to live their dreams. She calls them her family.
Hope and a future vision of peace is still out there when hearts and countries decide to get involved and help the suffering.
Thank you, Europe. Thank you, Angel of the Migrants. Thank you everyone who is doing anything, no matter how small it may seem.
Let’s see if we all can step up to the plate now and bring what we can.
You can financially give aid to this crisis from these reputable charities.
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