Asia Politics OP-ED

Humanity no more? The Case of the Syrian Refugee Crises

Leo Tolstoy once said, “The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity”. The world has witnessed probably the worst humanitarian issue since World War 2. The Syrian conflict has led to more than 500,000 deaths, the stats and figures are quite staggering. The situation is chaotic, the Syrians have been rendered homeless which makes it even more alarming for humanity. Humanity has been suffering in this part of the world and the whole world is watching them die. Where is the humanity? Does this mark the end of humanity? Or there are still a few who feel their pain?

Well…what actually happened? Here’s the complete story.

The anti-government protests which started almost five and a half years ago led to armed conflicts. Claiming almost 550,000 lives of innocent Syrians, armed conflict has now turned into a chaotic civil war. The conflicts between President Assad’s forces and anti-government militants as well as Islamic state extremists have led to the migration of almost 11 million Syrians. Not sure whether migration would be the right word here, ‘homeless’ seems more legitimate. What a pity, no one is ready to accept those poor homeless souls!
hands-998986_640-300x126More than 5,000,000 people have left Syria in search of refuge, some found it whereas others are still wandering, making their way through jungles and deserts. Is there no one to give them a home? Is humanity on the verge of collapse? Losing faith in humanity seems to be the only option left for us. But wait, I actually remember the words, Mahatma Gandhi, once said, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”.
child-594519_640-300x200These poor people are our responsibility. They’re vagabonds and it’s a disquieting situation not just in Syria but the whole World. We all know how to care for our own children then why not theirs? They’re also humans, it does not matter whose children they are unless you wipe out the word ‘humanity’ from the dictionaries. Humanity does not differentiate between poor and the rich, it just cares!

A few countries have played their part, giving ‘a few’ homeless Syrians an asylum to rest in. Saudi Arabia tops the list of those countries. The war-torn Syria definitely owes gratitude to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has accepted more than 4 million Syrians until now and the number is still increasing. KSA has been generous enough to have aided the most number of people following the conflict in Syria. KSA’s schools have taken in more Syrian students than the rest of the world.

Perhaps Gandhi was right, humanity still exists, maybe not as before but it does. Other countries like Italy, Turkey, Germany, Austria, France and a few others have also tried to provide them shelter and aided them in their hour of distress. Let’s just hope everything turns out well, innocent children return to their schools, markets see the joyful faces again and hustle returns everywhere in Syria. Until then, we must continue to be the voice of those who need it most.

Editor’s note: Saudi Arabia’s contribution to the sheltering of millions of Syrian Refugees does not show up statistically online because they are considered temporary citizens and live normal lives in normal homes not tents and such.

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