UN REFUGEE AGENCY
OSLO, Norway -- Governments closing their borders to Syrian refugees often claim they help Syrians best "in their own region." But it is a myth that they provide Syrian war victims with significant aid. It may be a surprise to many that the assistance to the Syrian crisis has been so halfhearted and halfway compared to the magnitude of the needs.
The current mess is likely only a harbinger of things to come if industrialized nations don't dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Drought and desertification already ruin thousands of square miles of productive land annually, while rising sea levels could eventually force tens if not hundreds of millions of people from their coastal homes.
Only time will tell if the UN Refugee Agency's critical efforts will have the potency and persuasion to effect systemic change among these communities, but during these 16 Days of Activism we're thankful for every effort that combats this violence perpetuated against the world's most innocent and vulnerable populations.
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