While self-isolating for the safety of our community and loved ones this Ramadan, many people will be apart from their friends and family. But for millions of refugees and displaced people, this is a reality they already know too well, having fled their homes to find safety in camps, settlements and in urban centres in unfamiliar towns and countries.
As the novel Coronavirus disease continues to wreak havoc in the most developed countries, Syria stands on the cliff. Hundreds of thousands of families in Syria are displaced due to bombings. Many families are stuck in the circle of poverty, some are living well below the poverty line as they have lost everything they owned. They live in the same tents, they eat the same refugee diet and face the same challenges every day. Any pandemic of such nature will have incomprehensible consequences on human life, and if you have it difficult, they find it a hundred times more.
The Syrian crisis has torched the global refugee situation. One of the biggest challenges faced by these refugees is acceptance. By spreading knowledge about their plight and telling their struggle stories to the world, we can help them in being accepted by the global community. We need the world to see a Syrian man, not as a potential threat, but as the father who lost his little daughter to war. As the man who watched his home get destroyed by the bombing. As the husband who is desperately looking for ways to protect his family from harm and starvation.
Ramadan is all about being generous and compassionate for humanity. The resilience of refugees inspires us and reminds us that all the actions we take, big or small, can have an impact. If you are privileged enough to enjoy delicious food during Suhoor and Iftaar, you cannot forget those who struggle to find food and shelter for their families. If you’re not, generating awareness regarding help for Syria would be the least you can do. Just a little bit of empathy can make the world a better place for all.
THIS RAMADAN, GIVE FROM WHAT YOU LOVE TO THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA. Their only hope is your compassion.