We are in a crisis similar to the one that followed the second world war. Today like seventy years ago more than 70 million refugees are displaced all over the world, 70 million innocent people fled their homes not for a better life but only for a chance to live.
Unfortunately, although they have miraculously survived they are living in a horrible situation…
In Turkey, Syrian refugees who arrived after June 2011 are granted temporary protection and hosted in one of the 14 camps managed by the Turkish authorities in collaboration with the Turkish Red Crescent. Camp-based refugees have access to basic services and assistance. While Syrian refugees living in urban settings in Turkey have long been unable to register for assistance.
Lebanon has adopted a protection and humanitarian-oriented response to the Syrian arrivals, but the absence of a national legal or administrative framework for refugee protection leaves Syrian refugees vulnerable to arrest, detention and deportation.
In Jordan, Syrian refugees have become the largest refugee population in the country. Most of them live with host families or in collective centres in towns and rural areas. The smaller numbers of camp-based refugees can access basic services, including medical services, but living conditions in the camp are harsh. In urban areas, refugees can access medical services and enrol their children in the public school system, but high rental costs, increasing food prices and limited financial support have led to increasing levels of destitution. Additionally, host communities are becoming increasingly hostile toward Syrian refugees. In Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey refugees do not have the legal right to work, and those that find employment do so in the informal sector.
Refugees are being treated as an intruder to the country, raising this hatred and racism towards them.
While many people find themselves motivated to help and donate for refugees ( which is an honorable thing ) they often tend to ignore their suffering the following day. Thus, one of the ways to support them besides donations is:
- Defend their rights when you see that they are being mistreated. Give them the confidence to feel that they are welcomed in your country.
- Visit their camps and volunteer to tutor their children. Many refugees can’t access schools in their host countries.
- Advocate for them during political conferences.
- Use your knowledge in STEM to find innovative solutions to help make their lives easier.
And remember a refugee today was yesterday a normal citizen: A doctor, a teacher, a lawyer or an athlete… Thus, if you don’t even help them never look down on them.