by Maryam Asif ( Sophomore)
There are more than 43 million refugees around the world today searching for habitation as they are being ripped from their homes. Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disasters. Recently, refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iraq are going through a perilous journey with no necessities for survival. Countries like the U.S. should allow refugees to live in their country due to Refugees’ homes being destroyed.
Syrians, Afghans, Somalis, and Iraqis are suffering brutality from terrorists right now while we lay comfy in our beds. They are in dire situations without shelter, food or water. People are forcefully fleeing their lands to get away from the civil wars that are happening between ethnic groups, and trying to escape to European countries. Seventy people suffocating to death in a van because they didn’t have air to breathe, parents holding on to their children as they land on the shores, and a dignified man begging on the streets while holding his kids.
To see the arrogance and greed of certain countries, to not allow immigrants in their country, and to see riot police trying to stop them from simply trying to secure some basic food and water. It is truly upsetting and inhumane. Currently, refugees have evacuated themselves and now live on European borders since they have no place to go, no money, and no visa.
The European leaders are still discussing whether or not the refugees should come into their countries. They have reached a possible agreement to return thousands of refugees to Turkey. The Turkish outline, which had been an agreement between Germany Chancellor, Merkel, and the Dutch Prime minister, Mark Rutte. One said, EU officials were left hastened to find out if it was “legally or logistically possible”, while another ambassador said that it was “naive” to interpret that such a complicated idea could be allowed so expeditiously. “It has been a long and difficult evening but I think we do have the basis for a breakthrough which is the possibility that, in future, all refugees who arrive in Greece will be returned to Turkey,” the UK prime minister stated.
However, these predictions for the future have become meaningless to the present moment because it seems no one is stepping up. There was an powerful interview on BBC news with an elderly Syrian man. The interviewer asked him, “What is your message to those people that don’t want you to come to this land?” “What is your message to those people who are wanting to stop you from coming in?” He said, “We’re humans just like you… And I pray to God that you never have to suffer the destruction and humiliation that we have had going around begging people for help.”
Unlike other great leaders, fortunately, Obama has decided to proceed with a bill that would seem effectively impossible; to admit the Syrians into the U.S. since the plurality of Americans are against accepting any Syrians into their country. Nevertheless, Obama is progressively taking action, he says, “When I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for each person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country; when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful. That’s not American.”
Most people aren’t taking any action and just easygoing on the matter that refugees need rescuing. People who are not suffering from poverty need to help the refugees and especially the U.S. which is the most powerful and diverse country there is. Letting the refugees into Europe or America is the best decision. If we let them into our country then we will not only be helping improve globalization, but our country will also be gaining more power and strength.