After looking back at my last post in regards to my roofing problem, I wonder if even I would be willing to totally give up the amazing life that I have here in order to help others in need. Let’s face it, we have it absolutely amazing here in America. Although we do face the threat of terror on some level every day, I don’t think it really affects our every day way of life for the most part and when you compare it to the other groups of people around the world who live in fear every second of their days.
Not Enough People
When we sit around and try to think of and offer solutions to what we can do with refugees and others who are in need, I genuinely don’t believe there are enough people around the world who are willing to give up their ways of living in order to try and help others. All of that is considering the fact that any sacrifices we make are at absolutely no guarantee that they will help anyone. There are not many people who are willing to sacrifice and even risk any aspect of their own life in order to try and help others.
Click here to check out the Wikipedia page on refugees and just think about the numbers and severity of challenges so many people around the world face.
Every time the whole topic about allowing refugees into our country I am asked what I think would be the most viable solution to this problem. I have to be completely honest here and say that I really don’t know or have any real answers for this question. It is very loaded and there is a lot to think about, but I really don’t have a set answer whenever I am asked this question.
Let’s At Least Talk
What I tell these people is that although there isn’t much that anyone can do on their own to help save the world, but I feel better just by bringing the discussion to the table and having people talk about it. For something that is as large of a problem and situation for the whole country with such opposing view points, having an honest and open discussion is one of the most important things that you can do in order to get people talking and aware of what is going on.
In my opinion that is the first and most important step for any real problem that’s going on and really gets the discussion going. If we get enough people at least thinking about some of the horrors that are going on in the world I think it is a huge step in the right direction.
Here is an article that is having exactly that discussion. Although I don’t agree with what they are saying, FOX is at least being open and honest about their opinions on what is going on.
Back during the time when I was working with ECRE, the situation and circumstances that were forcing the Roma people flee to their neighboring European countries were slightly different than what we are seeing the Syrian people have to endure today.
Although they weren’t facing an all out war around them, they were receiving very large and severe amounts of hate from others and were looked down upon as less than human in a lot of cases. Others saw them as dirty, poor, and different and were extremely discriminated against and often killed for no other reason than being “Gypsies.”
Where to Run to?
In the grand scheme of things, the world is not that big of a place. When groups of people like the Syrians and Romas are being oppressed and killed by such large amounts of people around them, they really don’t have many options in regards what to do or where to go.
Think for a second about having to pack up your bags and move to a different country because you, your family, and everyone you know and love are being targeted and killed by the government or mass groups of people around you.
Where would you go? What would you do?
Now imagine that you have been traveling and fleeing for months and have finally reached to where you have been going this whole time. You are excited and relieved to have lived to see this day. But when you finally get there, you are faced with harsh discrimination and hate from the people of that country and are told you cannot live there.
This is what has been going on for years and what is happening now. Where are these people supposed to go?
When we look at the situation surrounding Syria and the refugees that are fleeing to Europe and America, I do understand the fear that is coming over those who are opposed to welcoming these victims with open arms.
We here in America have been very shook since the very horrific and devastating attacks on September 11 and for a lot of people, this is enough to completely justify denying anyone trying to seek a new home in this amazing country.
You cannot be too safe when we are talking about the subject of falling victim to another terrorist attack and many feel that there is the possibility that these terrorists very well may try and enter the United States under the guise of a Syrian refugee. The possibility of just 1 slipping through the cracks is a scary enough thought to close the doors to everybody for a lot of people in this country.
Although I genuinely do understand these concerns and think that they are very valid, I do not feel like they are enough to completely shut out the rest of the world from some of the horrors that are going on. I kind of feel that if we do this, the terrorists are winning a small battle in a sort of way. Their ultimate goal is to destroy us and our way of living, but I think cowering in fear and changing the way we look at others in the world can be counted as a small victory for them.