This video from Greece says about itself:
Syrian refugee families suffer in Greece
9 April 2013
The plight of Syrian refugees in Greece as reflected through their stories. How they arrived in Greece, under what circumstances were imprisoned, what they expected and what they found at last.
The 29-year old Syrian woman named Jihan recounts the sufferings of her family, in the small room they share to live in Athens.
Video by Christos Stamos.
Quoting from British daily News Line, in an earlier post on this blog:
THE fact that the UK ruling coalition is involved up to its neck in organising the war in Syria, and is also keeping it going, is well known. It has permitted hundreds of Islamists to go from the UK to fight the Assad regime and still insists that it is in favour of regime change – that is, the carnage continuing.
Only a ‘no’ vote in the UK House of Commons stopped Cameron and Hague sending British troops into Syria as part of an Anglo-American invasion force.
That vote, in fact, reinforced the opposition of the US public to the war and prevented Obama from going to war.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Aid agencies join Labour in demanding Coalition show support for victims of civil war as policy defies UN appeal and distances Britain from 16 leading nations
Wednesday 25 December 2013
The Government has been accused of adopting a “no room at the inn” policy after rejecting a United Nations appeal to allow refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria to live in Britain.
Ministers have decided not to join 16 nations, including the United States, France and Germany, which have pledged to allow a total of more than 10,000 refugees from the bloody three-year civil war to move to their countries.
Aid agencies are describing the UK Government’s approach as “there’s no room at the inn”. Now the Labour Opposition is calling for ministers to accept between 400 and 500 Syrian refugees – including torture victims, people with family connections in Britain, and women and girls at high risk.
Yvette Cooper, the shadow Home Secretary, told The Independent today: “We should be rightly proud of our humanitarian aid effort and the generosity of the British people. But we should also do our part, alongside other countries within the UN’s programme, to provide a safe haven for some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees fleeing this murderous conflict.
“The British Government cannot turn its back on these people. It is our moral duty to respond to the UN’s call for help for Syrian refugees – just as our country has helped those fleeing persecution for hundreds of years.”
The Refugee Council said only about 0.1 per cent of Syrians fleeing the violence had found safety in the UK. It is urging people to ask their MPs to tell David Cameron “that we must play our part in providing a safe haven for the most vulnerable fleeing the war”.
“It also includes receiving through resettlement, humanitarian admission, family reunification or similar mechanisms, refugees who are today in the neighbouring countries but who can find a solution outside the region.”
Australia has pledged to take 500 Syrians for permanent resettlement and Sweden 400, while Germany will allow 5,000 temporary “humanitarian admissions” for two years and France 500. The US has not set an upper limit.
The UNHCR hopes other countries will follow suit through the flexible use of family reunification rules, waiving some visa requirements and allowing Syrians to enter for work, study, family or humanitarian purposes.
Home Secretary Theresa May agreed to admit a few hundred Syrian refugees yesterday amid allegations that Britain is snubbing a bigger UN-backed scheme: here.
- Syrian refugees ‘disappear’ in Greece (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- UK urged to take in Syrian refugees (therebel.org)
- VIDEO: Syrian refugees try to travel to UK (bbc.co.uk)
- Cooper: Govt cannot turn its back on Syrian refugees (itv.com)
- British government supports war in Syria, opposes Syrian refugees (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Government urged to accept refugees (standard.co.uk)
- David Cameron’s proposed immigration laws criticised by UN (telegraph.co.uk)
- 150 Syrian Refugees “Disappear” in Greece (greece.greekreporter.com)