War is suffocating every corner of Syria and has been for the past several years. In areas that are close to neighboring countries like Idlib province that borders Turkey, Syrians from all over the country are fleeing there for safety believing that those border regions won’t fall under severe air attack. Unfortunately, as we learned last week, that just is not the case. Chemicals, including … Continue reading How You Can Help Mothers and Babies in Syria’s Idlib Camps
The Syrian civil war has entered its fifth year with few signs of ending.
The fighting has forced more than 13.5 million Syrians to flee their homes. Most of the displaced have not left Syria, but have simply moved around the country in an attempt to get out of the way of the fighting.
But approximately 4.8 million others have traveled beyond their nation’s borders in a search for security.
In my book Cultures of Migration, I argue that mass migrations and refugee crises don’t simply happen. They have a history and a trajectory. That work has led me to ask: Who are the Syrian refugees? What made their migration happen?
The recent deaths of asylum seekers attempting to reach European shores have prompted ongoing calls for action. But, given the scale of the issue, only a comprehensive, global program can go some way to solving the crisis.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) notes that more than 366,000 refugees have arrived in Europe by sea so far in 2015. And 80% have come from the world’s top ten refugee-producing countries, including half from Syria.
This can be a deadly voyage. The International Organisation for Migration reports that at least 2373 migrants have already died trying to reach Europe this year.
Guest Post: Lynn Croneberge, Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children’s Villages-USA
When I think about Syria, I’m overcome with emotion remembering the countless stories of children affected by the country’s ongoing conflict. It is truly a tragedy.
I often think of Wael, a 9-year-old boy, who was shot in the face by a sniper while he stood outside on a balcony with his mother. Although he survived, he now has to endure countless surgeries to help with the reconstruction of his facial features.
I also think of the horrific attack that left Hala, a 9-year-old girl, wandering the streets crying, terrified and covered in blood. She was injured and had just witnessed the death of her mother after a mortar fell on their home. Today, Hala is in a hospital coping with the psychological trauma that comes with witnessing the brutality of war.
Heartbreaking stories like these are all too common in Syria.
Amid news of a poison chemical attack right outside of Damascus last week and the sniper attack on a UN convoy today, UNICEF also had harrowing news of its own to announce last Friday. They have recorded the one millionth child refugee who has escaped the war in Syria. “This one millionth child refugee is not just another number,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. … Continue reading One Million Children are Now Syrian Refugees
Today is World Refugee Day, a day created by the United Nations in 2000 to bring awareness to the more than 45 million people who have been displaced internally or across borders from their homes forcibly. Based on numbers released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees a person becomes a refugee, loses everything and is forced to flee every minute. In Syria where … Continue reading Recognizing the World’s Refugees