I spent a week with Syrian refugees, here is what I found

  • For the longest time, I repeatedly inquired about trips and opportunities I could partake in to provide aide first-hand. I worked with Syrian refugee families in my local community but wanted to help others who were not as fortunate to find a safe haven.
  • Ironically, all the refugee families I met, from differing nationalities, have reiterated multiple times that they do not want to come to the US or any other country. They simply want to go back home. They want to return to their original country– to their memories, their people, and their rich cultures.
  • The biggest misunderstanding about refugees is that they deserve to be in this situation, or that it’s not difficult for them to be impoverished because they are less “civilized” than Westerners. These people have had everything snatched away from them in an instance.
  • I appreciate everything I take for granted such as a roof over my head, clean drinking water, and an education; I value it more now as I have seen others who yearn to have such things. I know what it means to have privilege because when we would visit the families who lived in camps, in the back of our minds, we knew we were returning to the U.S.
  • War is merciless, by all means. These people had futures, professions, memories, and ambitions. They are normal people with families and loved ones. No one should ever endure what they have had to endure for multiple years now. Some mothers lost their children due to the war, in some form or another. Some picked up body parts of their loved ones, some saw their children and babies be burned alive in front of their eyes.

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