My job is to stay up to date on current events, especially those that affect refugees. I follow a migration report that shows how may refugees have landed in Greece, Italy, and Spain throughout the month. In the first week of February 600 new refugees entered Europe. In total since January 9,659 new refugees have entered Europe, approximately 411 have been lost in the Mediterranean.
When I am stateside, my heartaches to be overseas doing a small part to help Refugees. But instead I trudge forward raising awareness. Informing people that this crisis is not over, it may have reached its peak in 2015, only time will tell, but it is not over. People are still fleeing. People are reaching the shores of Greece, only to find more nightmare conditions. Lack of food, water, shelter.
I think about how this crisis hasn’t only affected adults but so many children. From Syria alone there have been 5 million Refugees, half of those are children. But we know refugees aren’t just Syrian, they are Afghani, Iraqi, Iranian, Pakistani, Albania, Sudanese. The list goes on.
In a few short weeks the war in Syria will have been raging on for 7 years. Just this pass weekend the fighting has raged on once again, only this time in the region of Ghouta. It seems as though no one and nothing is safe. Hospitals have been hit, doctors have been killed, civilians have been injured. Approximately 400 people have died many are children. Experts wonder if Ghouta will be the next Aleppo. Only time will tell and has borders have tightened, will Syrians be able to escape the current situation?
This is why More than Numbers exists. Steps are being taken to make this an official organization that will be able to accept donations that will be taken to Greece and used to help meet Refugee needs. We must not forget our fellow humans. Those who live in fear and starvation, who just want to live a normal life like you and I. Ultimately, refugees long to go home.
“The simple truth is that refugees would not risk their lives in such a dangerous journey if they could thrive where they were. Nobody would resort to spending their life savings to hire the notorious smugglers if they could apply to resettle in a safe county legally. Until these problems are addressed, people will continue to cross the sea, endangering their lives to seek asylum. No person fleeing conflict or persecution should have to die trying to reach safety.” 259, A Hope More Powerful than the Sea by Melissa Fleming.