Time To Create Safe Zones?
Things are terrible in this world at the moment, oh I know most of us sitting here on our laptops or phones using the internet aren't suffering too badly but this refugee crisis is absolutely awful. So many people are trying to escape war, ISIS, 'friendly' strikes and other disgusting behaviours that it's fast becoming a world wide problem.
There are more than 6.5 million people currently displaced in Syria, and the number may be far higher. Not all of them can reach the borders with or without the help of the people smugglers we hear so much about, they're stuck in Syria with many communities turning semi-nomadic as they move around the country to escape the worst of it.
With the best will in the world we cannot offer all these people the safe lives they deserve, it's not just Syria - add to that figure the people trying to escape from other conflicts and oppression, Eritrea and Iraq and Afghanistan. It's millions upon millions of people who need our help - why we are being force fed daily images of refugees in boats, fighting their way through hastily erected government fencing - hell, here in the UK refugees are walking the length of the Channel Tunnel to set food on British soil.
I welcome anyone to this country who needs our help, and I think we have a moral obligation to take in every single Syrian, Iraqi and Libyan refugee as our governments have helped to engineer the situations in their respective country. I believe the US should be allowing more refugees from these areas for the same reason.
But really isn't the way forward to create zones in the affected countries - how it could be done, whether it would be humanitarianily 'right' or even if it could be done is a question for the big wigs but surely it would be a step in the right direction and an aid to so many people who for one reason or another just cannot physically leave their country.
Simplistic, maybe, but I think we need to now be doing more than playing politics with these people who have been through so much.
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