Shabaz’s mother remains in Syria caring for elderly relatives and doesn’t know what has happened to her son as her husband can’t bring himself to tell her. But, he says, she knows something is wrong. The guilt of what happened to their son weighs heavily on him. As he himself says, “We ran from death in syria. We came to Scotland to live, not to die”. Many members of their family are fragmented all over the world because of this refugee crisis, enduring suffering still. There is no normal, no standard of living to achieve, there is just getting to the point of being treated with basic human dignity seems to be a feat of itself. In a way, they are a symbol of what’s happening in Syria.
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The EU decision to pay 3 billion euros to Turkey to hold back refugees will not stop refugees coming into Europe, it will only make them use more dangerous routes and pay higher sums to people smugglers. 500,000 refugees have arrived via Greece in 2015 so far. More than 3,000 have drowned at sea, and […]
Powerful testimony from Eric Kempson about the extent of suffering in Lesvos, what exactly the aid agencies are not doing with the donations they have collected from the public on the back of the Lesvos Refugee Crisis, and testimony about abuses of refugee boats by the Turkish coastguard. Anyone who gives a damn about humanity should read this. […]