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Staff encourages students to take a wider perspective on Syrian crisis

Staff Editorial

With ten million displaced people in Syria, the situation is dire, but not completely hopeless. We can’t fall into the trap of not doing anything or not caring or knowing.

While it’s easy to focus on the bad, there is still good happening. Countries have devoted millions of dollars to help alleviate the situation, and citizens all around the world are trying to give what they can.

In Germany, the 10,000 refugees arriving each day are welcomed with applause.

In Hungary, some are welcoming refugees into their homes illegally so that they have a roof over their heads.

Other private groups are making a difference too. To those refugees living in camps, Bikes Beyond Borders has given out bikes, sleeping bags and tents. The bikes are supposed to allow for the refugees to have faster access in and out of town for job applications and work.

However, much still needs to be done. The United States has only welcomed a few thousand refugees, although they plan to allow more. The neighboring gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain have not accepted any refugees.

Millions have nowhere to turn to and are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey into another country, as there are more refugees than countries are willing to take.

Just because we’re far away from the situation, doesn’t mean we can’t help out. Donate to the causes you find useful, whether that be Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a charity that rescues refugees from drowning while making the journey, or UNICEF, where under $15 can provide a family with an emergency water kit.

The situation isn’t one sided and can’t be solved simply. The refugee crisis has to be seen from both sides for the argument to matter. By only choosing to see the bad statistics, we are hindering ourselves from helping.