Syrian Refugee Crisis: Knowledge is Power, Ignorance is Not Bliss

If you don’t do anything else today, I urge you to watch this video.

Since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011, more than 11,000 children have died. Millions more have been ripped from their homes, separated from their families, forced to flee their country and live in desolate conditions in refugee camps.

And this is going on currently. Right now. At this very moment as you sit on your computer.

Before the war, Syria was a modern, bustling country with beautiful cities that attracted tourism from around the world. Almost every Syrian child attended school. In less than a decade later, 2.8 million children are not getting an education.

Before reading up on the Syrian crisis, I had no idea what to think about the situation. Are they terrorists? Should we let them in? It wasn’t until I saw this video that my ignorance on the situation because unsettling. One of the most important things I learned about the refugee situation is outlined by the Church World Services, an organization dedicated to  helping those in need:

” The U.S. Refugee Resettlement program has the most secure and robust security screening process in the world. Refugees are the most scrutinized travelers to the US, undergoing security checks by multiple intelligence agencies, including biometric tests, medical screenings and in-person interviews with Department of Homeland Security officials. This process can be completed in 18-24 months, but in reality it often takes much longer for families to reach the US. Syrian refugees are fleeing exactly the kind of terror which unfolded on the streets of Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad. They have been confronted by violence just like this for almost five years. They do not bring terror with them. Rather, they are fleeing it.”

The people caught in the crossfire of this war are people just like you and me. The child in that video could be a little brother or sister, or someone you know. Remember, just because it isn’t happening here doesnt mean it isn’t happening. Knowledge is power and awareness is vital. Please share this blog to erase indifference!

 

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