COMMENT: Syrian Refugee Crisis

Syrian Refugees in Hungary

Nerve Online’s Charles Milward gives his take on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Words by Charles Milward. Edited by Rebecca Pates

Over 50,000 Syrian refugees have entered the EU, fleeing from their war stricken home countries, travelling hundreds of miles in the search for safety and security.

European nations have been swarmed by refugees; from Serbia to our home shores here in Britain, all clawing at the chance to escape. On their travels, these refugees have faced numerous obstacles. In Hungary, the authorities battered and bruised the migrants, torturing them with teargas and water cannons on the Serbian border, whilst they tried to cross into the next nation. This is the reality of human conflict – a human child, a human family and yet the refugees have been stripped of many of their human rights and being treated no better than wild animals.

The media have played an integral part in convincing Britain to respond. The image of a young boy, Aylan Kurdi, found dead on a beach published nationally by several newspapers has pulled at the heart strings of the British people, prompting the EU leaders to take action. Social media went crazy, with the trend #refugeeswelcome going viral and a prompting a petition calling for the government to take their share of the responsibility. The result of the public outcry saw David Cameron pledge to 20,000 refugees settling in the UK by 2020, however, as of yet, there has been no action.

If Britain was faced with a humanitarian crisis, where our whole families had to move and no other country provided us with help, what would we do? I think we would be slating the neighbouring countries for ignoring our pleas, but instead we are seeing desperate people in need of help. They have no intention of fighting, they have no malicious motives. They simply want their family to be safe, away from the conflict they have left behind. I couldn’t imagine leaving my home in fear for my own life. A place where you where you were born, where generations have been raised, a place full of memories now turned upside down by air strikes and massacres. I struggle to try and comprehend this devastation, but it is a reality that is very real, happening right now as we sit in our homes watching the drama unfold on our TV screens.

There are so many pros and cons when considering a solution to the UK allowing refugees to settle, but as a member of this nation, and a fellow human being, I strongly believe we have a moral obligation to play our part in making sure that this crisis is somewhat dampened. In the next few months, many local authorities around the UK will take their share of refugees and only time will show the full impact of the ongoing war in Syria.