Syrian Refugee Crisis – A Call for Global Action

Although textbooks claim that the World War Two was the most destructive event on the earth, an analytical look at the current scenario would make us question if the horrors of war can be conveniently ascribed to the past. Terrorism, which essentially involves the use of violence in order to achieve certain religious or political goals, has only been increasing since the past few decades and has left the entire world in a state of helplessness.

While terrorism is probably the most threatening problem being faced by almost every country, the Syrian Refugee Crisis has reached a catastrophic level with countless people losing lives, in the course of just a few years.

During the summer of 2015, the Syrian Refugees Crisis was heavily prioritized and extensively covered by the media. However, as other events cropped up, reports on the crisis in Syria were pushed to the background. Last year, an image of a three-year old Syrian kid lying dead on a beach went viral on social media, triggering public discourse about the dreadful impact of civil war on the lives of millions of innocent people, once again.

Being described as one of the worst humanitarian crises, an estimated number of about 11 million people have either lost their lives or have been forced to leave places which they endearingly recall as their homes. While bombings by countries like Russia have led to an increase in the internal displacement within Syria, an increasing number of people are continually coerced by their circumstances to abandon their home country. With such a huge population seeking shelter, several countries, such as Jordon and Lebanon, have extended their hands to help relocate as many refugees as possible.

The problem, however, does not end there. These people leave their country in the hopes of leading a peaceful life, only to be welcomed by hostile neighbours and harsh weathers across the border. Over thousands of people do not even make it this far, losing their lives whilst struggling to cross the sea to reach Europe.

Turning a blind eye to the struggles of fellow these vulnerable people, there are several countries in Europe which have been debating over the statistics of how many refugees should be welcomed by each country, if at all. Some, like the Gulf Nations, have everyone by providing hardly any help to the Syrians. The main route which was used for humanitarian aid was cut off due to the crisis happening in Aleppo in February, 2016. This hostility is often because it is not a simple task to look after the rehabilitation of the refugees. These people have no homes, many of them have lost family members, they come with no belongings of their own and are left in a devastated state due to the heart wrenching scenario back in their nation. With no certainty about their future, if they are lucky enough to have a future at all, the only thing that these refugees seek is a space to live in; a resource which is not easy to secure.

Just because coverage of the Syrian Refugee Crisis by media outlets has witnessed a decline, does not imply that things are getting better in the country. With the country inching towards destruction each subsequent day, and with little or no help coming their way, Syrians continue to lose hope in the ideal of humanity. This might seem like an inconsequential problem to many; however, as members of a global world, it is our duty to come to the aide of people who, as a consequence of our inaction and ignorance, continue to spend their lives in anguish.

– Contributed by Shivanshi and Pragya, Students of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Journalism

Picture Credits: Reuters

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