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Jawaher Al Qasimi: We should not forget that over 4 million refugees in neighbouring countries need our urgent support

posted on 22/10/2015: 912 views

As Syrian Refugees are still suffering displacement from one country to another, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohamed Al Qasimi, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, has urgently called on Arab leaders and officials to put an end to the Syrian refugee crisis.

The migration of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to neighbouring countries in search of security, shelter, food, health, education, and job opportunities, is a result of the prolonged war at home. Sheikha Jawaher stressed the importance of unifying the efforts of all Arab states to spread hope for a new life in the hearts of all refugees. She said, "The only solution to the crisis of Syrian refugees lies in collaborative efforts by the international community to end the painful conflict in their country, which causes them to flee, lose their homes and living, as we have seen in recent situations, where they have lost their lives and the lives of loved ones. Societies and leaders should cooperate with each other and work together and focus on a unified approach so we can reach a speedy resolution to this crisis."

"We need to work together to keep refugees close to their homes in neighbouring countries and provide all the necessary support to these host countries so when there is peace they can return to their homes. Otherwise, when fleeing the terror they face at home, they travel further with the hope of finding refuge, but instead they find dangers of different kinds. Keeping refugees in countries that share borders with their home country encourages them to return and participate in reconstruction. It also keeps them close to their Arab and Muslim heritage and mitigates some of the dangers faced when attempting further distances. Encouraging people to migrate is not a solution, on the contrary it deepens the problem by emptying the country of its own people who are needed to rebuild. When people are forced to leave their country, that nation's living history is obscured and the shared history of generations is lost," she added.

Sheikha Jawaher continued by saying that refugees put their lives and the lives of their children at risk by trying to migrate to Europe due to the lack of basic needs in neighbouring countries. She emphasised the need for urgent aid, saying, "The refugees feel such despair because they do not believe that there is a solution to the crisis and this is why they put their lives in danger in hope to secure a better future for their children. We should work for the future of these children and be aware of the need to provide them with protection and rights that go beyond fundamental human rights, but also include psychological stability and build confidence in themselves after the shattering experiences they have endured. We are sure that these countries will overcome this suffering and I wish that all UN member states, especially in the MENA and all media, educational institutions and humanitarian organisations around the world work with a single aim of making lives better for the refugees and to bring peace to the region."

Sheikha Jawaher added, "The UAE has always been at the forefront of humanitarian aid and has always stood by the oppressed and people in need by providing them with a decent life, whether in their own countries, or on its own territories, by offering them opportunities to work and live. The UAE has been a beacon of hope due to its humanitarian work because it takes this action from its Arab-Islamic values and humanitarian conscience."

Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, who is the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, was honoured during the Beirut Institute Summit held in Abu Dhabi this month in recognition of her humanitarian work. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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