Lebanon leader says the country need to re-tink their support of Syrian refugees

Chart created by Voice of America

Chart created by Voice of America

Naharnet reported Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel said the country can no longer support the exodus of Syrians crossing Lebanon’s border to escape the violence in their homeland.  This story was reported two hours after Middle East Online reported Jordan’s Prime Minister made similar comments about Jordan’s resources.  Jordan’s OM also said he does not expect the violence to end soon.

Nations that do not border Syria need to give greater support than what is currently provided.  The financial support given through the UN is already being threatened.

While no country should ever flat-out refuse to help refugees, Lebanon has a good reason to worry about the many refugees flooding their country.  The UN has not often proved themselves to be above board or to be at all efficient and Lebanon is not the kind of country that can econimically handle the many Syrians entering the country.

“How can Lebanon’s economic, social, political, and security capabilities take on such a burden?” he wondered.

He therefore revealed that the Phalange Party has taken the decision to form an emergency unit to conduct a census of the refugees “because the official authorities lack transparency in tackling this issue.”

All of this true and must be taken into acount when deciding how to help Syrian refugees.  This does not mean Gemayel should necessarily be trusted in how this should be done, as he does not appear to be overly supportive of the asylum-seekers entering his country.

“The new government should be capable of preserving Lebanon’s interests,” (Gemayel) stressed.

He is still right. Lebanon cannot handle care for all of the Syrians escaping their country. Nor can Jordan, though they are making valiant efforts to open enough camps for refugees and work with other nations to provide for the displaced people of Syria.

This does not mean Lebanon cannot do more, as Gemayel himself said the country should, but it also means the rest of the world must step up as well.

Is it any wonder that Syrian refugees are pledging support to Al-Queda when they are not receiving real support from the rest of the world?  It is still very possible there were previously held beliefs by the group to influence their decision but the point still stands that the rest of the world is not doing enough to support thr Syrian refugees.

There must be a greater push for true peace for Syrians not just within the borders of Syria, but outside of them as well.

A Letter to the Editor published by the New York Times published on April 12 phrased it best.

Have we lost the most basic of our humanitarian obligations, to help the stranger in need?

The current refugee crisis, not just n Syria but around the world, will likely be how those currently in power around the world will be remembered.  At least the Syrian refugees have the luxury of being noticed by the media of the world, though as refugees from Darfur currently residing in Chad know, the lens of the media can quickly swing away to the next crisis.


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