syrian refuges

What she says: I’m fine.

What she really means: Two thousand Syrian refugees have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to get into the countries that have destabilized their homeland and allowed radicals to take over. Then the same countries turn these desperate people away. When will people with power recognize the humanity of those without it?

The perseverance of children just astounds me at times.

One of the kids I work with through some niche volunteer work is a 15 year old Syrian refuge. He’s been recruited for the national youth team I volunteer with, but he broke his arm skateboarding with school friends so he’s out for the season.

I was explaining this to him & he was getting teary eyed because he couldn’t play this sport he really likes for a few months. I can’t even imagine what he’s seen or been through, but not being able to play with his new friends was breaking his heart.

Samir, 20, student: “I am sick of the word ‘Syrian’, being such a bad word.”

Tens of thousands of single male refugees are unemployed in Germany — a situation that politicians say could leave the newcomers particularly susceptible to jihadist propaganda or prone to commit crimes.

Born in Damascus, Samir grew up in Saudi Arabia, then moved back to Syria. “Everything was ideal,” he said of returning to his country of origin at that time. The revolution of 2011 changed everything. “We, as a family, supported those chants,” he recalled, referring to the opposition protests.

Samir was determined to graduate from high school despite the growing conflict, but he had become a vocal critic of the Assad-government. When the secret service became aware of his views, Samir’s family urged him to flee.

We’ll be sharing more profiles of Syrian refugees throughout the coming week. Read more here: These Syrians found refuge in Germany, but they’re still seeking peace.

election 2016

donald trump appears to be winning, and the lofty first-world americans are trying to flock to other countries as refugees without knowing their cultures, languages, geographies, histories, and politics. its funny how they denied syrians the right to refuge, and now expect other countries to chose them over the syrians and other true refugees.

Tamara Nahar, 26, artist: “Some refugees don’t even get the chance to speak to Germans.”

Tamara Nahar smiled as she stood in front of the painting that decided her fate.

It was of a shirt hanging upside down, with blood appearing to drip toward the lower end of the frame. She painted it in 2013 when she was still living in Syria, after a friend told her that soldiers had hung him upside down and beaten him.

Tamara paid a price for turning those memories into art: She was arrested and briefly detained.

But standing next to that painting this spring in Berlin, Tamara said she had no regrets.

When Syria tumbled into civil war, her work started to become more political — and that brought more risks. Her professors at Damascus University, where she was pursuing a master’s degree, grew hostile toward her. But Tamara continued to organize art exhibitions.

We’ll be sharing more profiles of Syrian refugees throughout the coming week. Read more here: These Syrians found refuge in Germany, but they’re still seeking peace. 

Honestly, I would never think twice about seeing a woman in a hijab unless other people felt the need to make a big deal of it.

“You can’t see her hair!”

“Um, so?”

“But…but, it’s a symbol of oppression!”

“Um, it’s just her hair. I don’t need to see her hair. Why do I care? Who, in general, cares?”

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Syrian Refugee Figure Hits 1 Million, UN Says



BEIRUT — The number of Syrians who have fled their war-ravaged country and are seeking assistance has now topped the 1 million mark, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, warning that Syria is heading toward a “full-scale disaster.”

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said in Geneva that the 1 million figure is based on reports from his agency’s field offices in countries neighboring Syria that have provided safe haven for refugees escaping the civil war.

“With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every day, Syria is spiraling toward full-scale disaster,” Guterres said. Syria’s population is about 22 million.

In addition, several hundred thousand Syrians who have fled their country have not yet registered as refugees, suggesting the total number well exceeds 1 million, said Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency. 


A Syrian Family Finds Refuge on a Swedish Island

The island of Gotland has become home to more than a thousand refugees. After years of forced separation, a family of seven united in the parish of a local priest.

Watch more New Yorker videos. 

Between refusing any Syrian immigrants refuge and insisting Muslims in the US wear “IDs” or badges, it’s alarmingly obvious that the Republicans in the US have become dumbass, crazy, sick, callous, hideous people who are utterly beyond help.

Not only are they an embarrassment to America, they’re an embarrassment to the world and humanity in general.
Governor Of Alabama Says His State Will Refuse Syrian Refugees [TW: Racism, Ethnocentrism]
“I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Sunday night. Michigan’s governor also said Sunday he will suspend the state’s plans to accept more refugees.
By Kyle Blaine

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced in a statement on Sunday night that he will opposes any effort to relocate Syrian refugees to his state after the attacks in Paris.

“After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way,” Bentley said.

“I will not place Alabamians at even the slightest, possible risk of an attack on our people,” Bentley continued. “Please continue to join me in praying for those who have suffered loss and for those who will never allow freedom to fade at the hands of terrorists.”

Bentley did not elaborate in the statement how he would block the program in his state. Alabama is the second state to try to refuse Syrian refugees. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced earlier on Sunday that he was suspending Michigan’s plans to accept refugees from Syria.

“Given the terrible situation in Paris, I’ve directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new refugees until the U.S. Department of Homeland Security completes a full review of security clearances and procedures,” Snyder said. “There will be difficult days ahead for the people of France and they remain in our thoughts and prayers. It’s also important to remember that these attacks are the efforts of extremists and do not reflect the peaceful ways of people of Middle Eastern descent here and around the world.”

Out of approximately 2,000 Syrian refugees that have been resettled in the United States since the start of the Syrian civil war, none have been relocated to Alabama, according to the statement. The Obama administration announced in September that they plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the 2016.

The terrorist attacks in Paris have brought renewed attention on the U.S. refugee program, specifically the threat that ISIS could exploit the process to infiltrate and attack the United States. Several Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates have called on the administration to stop taking Syrian refugees, citing security concerns.

Refugees are extensively vetted — the process takes on average 18 to 24 months — but senior U.S. officials have said they are concerned there is a the lack of on-the-ground intelligence in Syria that could be useful in the screening process.

Enana Asr, 21, singer: “My family didn’t accept me as I am, so I gave up on them.”

One day, two soldiers on motorbikes followed her while she was riding a bicycle. Enana says they knew her, and they knew about her sexuality.

The bruises they left on her body would hurt for weeks.

It was the moment Enana decided to leave.

She traveled to Turkey with her mother and teenage sister, and then by boat to Greece. “The hardest thing was that I had to worry about not just myself but also about two other people. It added responsibility,” Enana said.

We’ll be sharing more profiles of Syrian refugees throughout the coming week. Read more here: These Syrians found refuge in Germany, but they’re still seeking peace.

Shout out to all the cowards who spoke out so strongly about Paris and denying Syrians refuge, but refuse to speak out about last night’s terrorist attack in Colorado. Just goes to show the real problem in America is not ISIS or black-on-black crime, it is you - The mindless sheep that reacts when told to, and shuts up when the opportunity for real nerve presents itself. And before you say I sound mad, you bet your ass I am furious. Ignorance is a choice and you are nothing if not ignorant. Enough is enough!