Syria: Deaths In Refugee Camp

by SO on January 26, 2014 - 7:44pm

Although the new year has only yet begun, the bad news has already started coming. The aftermath of activity in Syria has begun taking it’s toll on refugees. According to an online article on The Huffington Post, 63 refugees have been found dead in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp so far. The article, entitled Activists: 63 people die in Syria refugee camp states that the deaths are to be due to lack of necessities such as food and medicine. Such refugees camps were created to save, help and provide shelter to over 9 million Syrians, as the UN Refugee Agency states. However, the Syrian government has made the help harder to get by imposing a blockade. The blockade is preventing the supplies from entering the camps as easily as before. Which is why the help is more important than ever, as multiple individuals defend in the article. Over the past week, thankfully, food has managed to get to the refugees due to the help of a peace conference held in Switzerland (which raised money for the cause), signs that donations are helping the right people. 


For those who wish to help the Syrian refugees, the UN Refugee Agency offers a safe website to donate to the cause. The situation in Syria is unfortunate and uncontrollable for teens like us, however we can donate to help refugees overcome these tragic events and make their lives a little easier. 



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You've written a very interesting summary, I believe Syrian refugee sufferings is one of the saddest tragedy because after all the suffering they've been through these blockade are like a pure insult, in my opinion. I am totally shocked learning that after the recent revolution the government of Syria is still willing to make their refugees suffer even more by blocking food and medicine to the ones the most in need. I appreciate your positive touch, in the sense that the blockage are slowly reducing; people have to be optimistic in order to move ahead. As an Egyptian, my family and I lived the harsh reality of the Arab spring revolution and even though it's an extremely difficult climate if you give it some time, hopefully it eventually gets better. Lastly, giving to the right donation organization is a clue thing that will make the situation better for the poor refugees.

I found that your summary explained well the current reality of Syrian refugees. Your summary includes the main points of the article that you have used which is great. The only thing that I would add to this summary is just a small paragraph that briefly explains the causes of this horrible conflict for the people who are not familiar with this conflict. I found this article that gives a lot of background information about this conflict,

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria is something that we should all be paying attention to and it’s vital to keep up exposure on the situation, which is why I appreciated this post's focus on the Syrian people's devastating situation. It’s shameful to admit it, but we still do live in a world where thousands of refugees are stripped of the aide that they rightfully deserve by political and military interest. The conflict in Syria is indeed a difficult topic for any organization or government to approach, considering the evident sectarian rifts that influence the war, but the humanitarian crisis that it has generated is something that the world’s nations should concern itself with solving. As you wrote, the U.N. has reported that over 9 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes due to the conflict, with many of them having to re-construct their already broken lives in refugee camps, such as Zaatari, in Jordan, where about 120,000 people live. The humanitarian crisis in Syria has ushered in a very real and very dangerous situation, wherein diseases such as polio (something that hasn’t been seen in the country since 1999) have had a comeback.

We may not have accepted it yet, but we are in the midst of one of the worst humanitarian crises of our generation. The civil war in Syria may unfortunately rage on for another year, and that is why it is necessary to double our efforts in providing aide to the lives who have already been destroyed due to the conflict.

Article concerning the treatment of polio in Syria :

Article concerning Jordan's make-shift refugee camp, Zaatari :

The last link is a feature by the New York Times that provides a very revelatory look at how much of an exodus the conflict in Syria is creating.

I love the fact that you decided to talk about refugees and only refugees. Sometimes, we forget that the civil war in Syria impacts on millions of lives for now and the future. Those people have no more houses or families, but they are still persecuted by the government. You did not talk about their past, you just gave us an opportunity to help.
However, I believe that more can be done for those refugees than only sending money. The fact that we are teens is even an advantage for us in these situations because we can go there and help these people. A heart for Syria, an organisation which was developed in Montreal, sends young people to help in camps for refugees. It is not in the war, so it is not dangerous, but it helps more than anything else.

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