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IN People ON 17 Nov, 2015
The world is not as peaceful as we'd like it to be. There are natural disasters worsened by climate change, manmade pollution and environmental degradation, and conflicts between nations and groups of people that keep on affecting innocent civilians. The current scenario is quite terrible.
The war in Syria has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and these refugees are risking their lives for the sake of a better future. However, refugees seeking shelter have become a controversial topic, as countries and people have displayed intolerance and outright discrimination towards them.
This is the story of the refugees and how their lives are still shaky, even after they've left the war-torn Syria.
Whether you are rich or middle class or poor, conflict can arise and it is only a matter of time before the environment around you forces you to leave. It is said that the poor refugees carry around more than one bag because they don't have enough money like other people to just buy new clothes and food whenever they want to during their journey.
No, not all Syrians are murderers. The reason why people, especially men, want to leave is because they fear of being drafted and ordered to be the ones to drop the barrel bombs that have at least killed 6,000 people. They no longer want to be instruments of death by the Syrian government.
At least 2,500 refugees have died this year in the route used by Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old boy who drowned and sparked global outrage. The reason why many choose to travel to other countries by boat, even if the journey is deadly, is because it is the fastest way with the least amount of national borders to be examined in.
As refugees attempt to escape Syria, some people heartlessly take advantage of the situation by charging each individual for about 1,500 euros to be able to ride a boat which isn't necessarily safe. Whether the boat looks good or not, the owner can allow 50 people inside and get a quick 75,000 euros. Aside from this, the refugees often have to pay 500 euros once they arrive in Germany, Budapest, or Stockholm. Everywhere they go, people are trying to rip them off of their hard-earned money. An eight-mile taxi ride near the Serbian border can cost 150 euros. As much as these aren't nice things to do, they are actually better than people who simply refuse to help these Syrian refugees.
There is that one infamous video of a Hungarian camerawoman tripping over and kicking young refugees. Aside from her, the nation of Hungary is actually not interested in accepting Syrian refugees, noting that they have the right to deny Muslim communities. Apparently, they fear the possible, negative consequences of having them. Apart from police seeking 1000-euro bribes to gangs taking away whole families, refugees always have to be careful with just about everyone who could potentially hurt them.
While media outlets often label all refugees as Syrians, some are actually using the spotlight so they can escape their own conflict-ridden regions. Some are actually from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Because of the exodus, they thought of it as an opportunity to escape their own hellish situations. As such, being a Syrian refugee can be better as they are accepted easier by countries and are deemed as newsworthy. Asylum and donations are more likely for them. Due to this, some non-Syrians will actually offer Syrian refugees 3,000 euros just to have their passports.
While German police in Munich have expressed their gratitude for the incredible amount of donations given by citizens and while thousands of people in the United Kingdom have offered to provide shelter to Syrian refugees, the good people are offset by Hungary resorting to blocking violently refugees by setting up barbed wires and water cannons. Germany, on the other hand, has closed its borders because it can't keep up with the flood of refugees. While President Obama has promised to take in 10,000 refugees in the United States, you can help the refugees have a better life, free from war, by donating to the United Nations Refugee Agency.
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