Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Million Refugees in Syria

I write about this only because it astounds me. I have no ideas about how to solve the problem and I don’t know who is working on it. I’m just flabbergasted by the numbers!
by Charlie Leck

I’m compelled to take a stance on what is happening in Syria! Jesus, that’s tough! (I mean it!) I like the idea of the revolution; but what will that revolution lead to? Who knows? I keep trying to read that which the people who are supposed to know write; and the conclusion I come to is that they don’t know any more than I.

The revolutionists in Syria are going to succeed. The long-time monarchy will fall and something will happen there. Will it be democracy? I doubt it! Will it be a faux-democracy? Probably! Will it be better than it was under King Assad? No, certainly not at first – and probably not for a long, long time.

Jesus (I mean it!), it is tough in Syria right now. The New York Times reports that there are now over 1,000,000 refugees. That is, a million people left without homes and any means of support.

I don’t know what to say. I am staggered by the numbers. I try to think what they mean. Think of it! A million refugees! How does a nation survive? How does a nation put itself back together? What role does the U.S. play? What can the United Nations do?

One of the central stories for all of us to watch in the coming days is the Syrian one. The government has crumbled! The nation is in chaos. There are a million suffering and desperate people.

What should America do? Jesus (I mean it), I don’t know. Can you help us?

He answers back: “Feed the hungry! Clothe the naked! Give shelter to the unsheltered! He who does this to the least of them has done it unto me.”

He’s my man! We just don’t know how to do it. Help us, Jesus! That’s my prayer!

*The photo is from and shows Syria refugees during Angelina Jolie's visit to the camps.
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