A recent report by the Netherlands non-profit group Pax and the Washington-based Syria Institute, stated that more than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas. This is just further proof that our country, and specifically North Durham needs to embrace incoming Syrian refugees.
The civil war in Syria is already being labeled by some as the “worst humanitarian crisis of the 2000’s” displacing more than 11 million people. Casualties from the war range anywhere from 150,000 to 360,000. So far, all signs point to this civil war not ending any time soon.
For those currently still residing in Syria, their electricity and running water is currently being cut off by their government, and they have a very limited access to food and medical care according to the report.
Canada has always been involved in crises such as this, including admitting more than 7,000 Ugandan Asians in 1972 when their government threatened to expell them, as well as taking in over 5,000 Kosovars in 1999. To stop all of a sudden would be foolish.
Canada once let fear get the better of them during World War II with Japanese Canadians, a mistake that we do not want to repeat.
North Durham has always seemed like a united community. One of the definitions of community is a feeling of fellowship with others, which is something that we need to show the refugees that are coming in.
At the end of the day, these refugees are human beings, like the rest of us, and all human beings deserve a chance to live free of threats of war, and they deserve a chance to become our friends, neighbours and co-workers.
At a time that the people from Syria need us most, we must present ourselves as welcoming and not let Xenophobia, the fear of outsiders, destroy what could end up being a great relationship with these refugees. constant danger.
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