Category: Syria Crisis

Spot the difference: good vs. bad refugees

But there remains the problem of having two classes of refugee, two identical groups fleeing the same atrocities and persecution but with contradictory treatment in this country. Malcom Farr, News,com, 10 September 2015 THERE are now “good” Syrian refugees and…

On smart phones and refugees

abdelrahman Dameen September 10 at 1:30am · Cairo, Egypt · You’re 29 years old with a wife, two children and a job. You have enough money, and can afford a few nice things, and you live in a small house in…

Hans Rosling reveals reality behind Syrian refugee crisis

Statistics Views 28 August 2015 Before the conflict, Syria was home to 20 million people; of these more than 12 million have so far been forced to leave their homes. 8 million of these refugees currently remain ‘internally displaced’ in…

The Militarisation of the Refugee Crisis

It is useful … to note the striking parallels with recent wars fought by the West, many of which have also been promoted as humanitarian missions. There are similarities between the rhetoric of the “war on terror”and the rhetoric of…

When voters speak loudly enough, politicians listen.

Lenore Taylor, The Guardian AU 9 September 2015 There’s a lesson here. When voters speak loudly enough, politicians listen. The Abbott government has come a long way since Sunday, when the prime minister suggested any additional intake of Syrian refugees…

UN welcomes Australia taking 12,000 refugees but says world must do more

  Australia needed to abandon the artificial distinction between asylum seekers in overseas camps and those who had travelled to Australia seeking protection. Some of the people held in detention on Manus Island, Nauru and in Australia have fled the…

More videos expose inhumane treatments of refugees in Europe

MEHMET ÇELIK, Daily Sabah, 11 September As the European countries wrangle over the influx of Syrian refugees, videos that have recently emerged in social media channels have exposed the inhumane treatment of the refugees in the receiving countries. A recent…

Aid cuts driving Jordan’s Syrian refugees to risk all

“His family of nine was living on about $1 (£0.65) a day per person. Now even that has gone. He says the United Nations and the international community are forcing him to risk all on the open seas.”   Orla Guerin…

Refugees who could be us

“There has been a vigorous public debate about whether the photo of Aylan’s drowned body should be shown by news organizations. But the real atrocity isn’t the photo but the death itself — and our ongoing moral failure to save…