We all know the ordeals which the Syrians are facing day in and day out. By having looked at the videos and learning through the statistics, it can be said that the Syrians are undergoing a very difficult time. Its a pain on already existing pain that their troubles are being treated ordinary and the world seems to be immune to what is going on as we all have been so for the people of Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, Bosnia. Many African nations where millions of men, women and children have no means to feed themselves and their families have also been a part of this sad story.
Giving is living, it is said. But what good are we giving to the people of this world and to the people of the community? I am sure we can do some good to this world but the current situations wherein speakers at Friday speech cry and complain about others, the youth isn't motivated to do anything good etc., show us a completely different picture and we stay where we lied, unmoved for centuries.
This email comes with an attachment. You'll not see any excel file or document attached but its the pain which is attached to it. It tells you about the misfortune, suppression, helplessness and brutality which the Syrians faced in the recent past.
It started off with mass protests by Syrians in March 2011 as a part of Arab Spring until June 2011 when the Syrian Government used army against the peaceful protests, which lead to the start of Syrian civil war.
As per United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, almost 40 lakh Syrians have and are waiting to register themselves as Refugees. As per UN, more than half of these refugees are under the age of 18 years.
As per Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 3.4 lakh Syrians have been killed in the war so far.
The refugees in the Gulf region:
· 19.38 lakh in Turkey (Turkey has spent)
o Turkey spent more than 7.6 billion US dollars for Syrian Refugees
o It is a country which holds largest refugees population in the world
o It adopted open door policy for Syrian civilians escaping the war from Syria for 5 years now (by 2015)
*Source: Reuters (http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0RI0N720150918)
· 6.29 lakh in Jordan
· 100,000 Syrians in Saudi Arabia were given residency permits. KSA also supported refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and other adjoining countries by donating USD $700 million
· More than 11.7 lakh in Lebanon
o No special arrangements for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
o They live in abandoned buildings
· Close to 2.5 lakhs in Iraq (Iraq has 10 lakh displaced people in itself)
· 1.32 lakhs in Egypt
*Source: UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees)
The sufferings of Syrians:
· Lost their families, properties, education, businesses, in fact everything
· Syrians do not have the legal right to work in Jordan and Lebanon
· Language has been a problem for Syrians to communicate in Turkey and Northern Iraq (Kurd populous region)
· Lack of medical services
· Lack of clean drinking water and that for sanitation
· Uncertain future
· Poor living conditions
· Older children are forced to work to earn and feed their families
Help required for Syrians:
Per UN, the cost involved to cater to the needs of refugees living in Syria and beyond is US $8.4 billion.(as of December 2014)
How the west is behaving towards Syrians?
o Has set a quota of 10,000 Syrian refugees till 2016
o Per CNN 31/50 US State governors said no to Syrian refugees
Report published 10 days ago in CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/16/world/paris-attacks-syrian-refugees-backlash/)
o Initially said they would only take 11,300 refugees by end of 2017
o Agreed to take 25,000 Syrian refugees by Feb 2016 (5 days ago)
o Immigration Minister of Canada says the government will miss year-end target
o Will not allow men to enter as refugees (reason: Paris attacks on 13/11)
o Per UK PM David Cameroon, UK will take 20,000 refugees in next 5 years
o Took close to 20,000 refugees so far
o Per a report published by Observer News on 15th Nov., Germany shuts its doors for refugees
· Other European Union Countries
o The 20 year old border free travel zone across the EU was abolished and passport checks were brought back
o Netherland closed its borders with Germany to prevent inflow of Syrian refugees
o In November 2015, France will take 30,000 refugees in next 2 years
In July 2015, Amnesty International stated that the refugees (including a pregnant woman) were beaten by Balkan police officials.
It is also reported that when Syrian refugees threatened to go on a hunger strike in Gazi Baba (Macedonia), the police man said: “If you die here, nobody will come and ask about you. We will throw your dead body out.”
Source: ( https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/07/balkans-refugees-and-migrants-beaten-by-police/ )
What can definitely pray for them. There have been few devouts who traveled within the Europe for aiding the Syrians. Allah help them further. Allah keep all the oppressed ones in His custody. Aameen