3 Heel Clicks Won’t Get Them Home

by blawh1 on February 17, 2014 - 11:48pm

What’s it like to never know when you can return home?  Syrian refugees in Jordan probably could explain it better than just about anyone in the world.  In a recent article in TIME magazine, Vick (2014) attempted to help the world identify with the 2.3 million Syrian refugees.  During the civil war, no one is safe.  Elderly men, children, and even entire families are not just being murdered; they are being tortured and then executed.  Although the refugee camp is set up just like your everyday city with hospitals, clinics, and restaurants, the way these businesses run is very different.  For example, children are being treated because they have lost their hearing after being within earshot of a bomb blast. Aid workers and refugees are regularly at odds with each other.  These conflicts regularly end in violence.  With, approximately 300 new refugees arriving at the camp each day, more and more Syrian citizens wonder if they will ever be able to return home. 

The author of this article heavily utilizes three elements of thought.  He has a distinct purpose in writing the article.  It is to describe the plight of Syrian refugees.  To do this, he asks the question at issue in the title of his article.  He titles his article No Home In Sight.  People of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds understand the value of home.  The author understands that if he can make the reader see the refugees as people without homes, he will quickly gain their compassion.  Finally, the author gives information to help the reader understand just why refugees are leaving Syria.  He paints a picture of 90 year old man killed with a cleaver in front of a five year old or an entire family being incinerated.  Although the refugee camp has the workings of the city, there is distrust between residents and Aid workers.  Most of the refugees would like to go back to Syria.  They only stay at the camp to escape the atrocities of Civil War.


Vick, K. (2014, February 3). No home in sight. Time, 183(4), 24



This sounds like an article worth reading and even though I subscribe to Time, I missed it. Maybe that was a case of not wanting to read more about the suffering of the Syrian people. I'm glad you reminded me of the importance of thinking about both the immediate needs of these refugees and the longer term trauma they have endured. I really like the way you raise the issue of home. Home has such deep meanings for me as a place of peace and comfort. Also, I think of home as the place where I am surrounded by family and friends. Perhaps Syrian refugees can focus on the latter as a way to find that sense of comfort and peace while forced away from their physical homes. This makes me think about how much worse it would be to flee your home all alone without anyone you know.