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Monday, July 4, 2022

Opinion | Syrian refugees need not just shelter and food

There is never an easy way to talk about a war or a human crisis in any country of the world. Watching human lives at risk through the safety of our screen makes it look so unreal, and when that country is indeed far away and one does not even speak the language, it can be quite a challenge to get involved and learn more about its people and how one can help.

One can certainly tell that what has been going on in Syria for more than ten years is not only unfair but also heart-breaking. One will know that fellow human beings are suffering. Families are starving, kids are being born while their cities are attacked, children have no access to quality education as their schools were destroyed, and their teachers probably murdered. Men and women have to find their way out of the disaster, sometimes even leaving behind their loved ones and not knowing if they will be able to see them again.

Millions of people have been forced to leave their cities and towns trying to survive. And their attempts to escape have not been easy. Some walk long distances, while others jump on a boat. All have to risk their lives trying to have a better one. So many families have decided to split ways just to make sure at least some of them can make it to the other side.

One thing is for sure: Syrian people deserve better. If you have been lucky enough, then you might have met someone from Syria. He or she might have already told you how he or she made it out of their beloved country. You might also know how friendly Syrian people are, how hard-working, kind-hearted and full of optimism they are even though they have gone through such hard times. 

I have been really lucky. I met some amazing and brave people who I can proudly call friends. They are now living in different parts of the world. They have left a strong legacy that will be carried proudly through the years to come until, hopefully soon, the chaos stops so they can go back to their country and the rest of us can go visit and enjoy all the wonders our friends have told us about their native home.

If you are interested in helping, I suggest you approach any organizations in your local area who are currently helping Syrians. You can also reach out to International Organizations such as UNICEF, IRC, White Helmets, Red Cross or MSF. And if you have the chance to meet people from Syria, do not hesitate to open your heart and arms to them. I assure you it will be a great experience.

Frida Stephanie
Frida Stephanie
Mexican. Interested in books, travel, languages and improving the world. Currently learning Arabic with a Syrian friend living in Mexico.

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