The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Test of Our Common Humanity

Source: Huffington Post

By Gaurav Krishnan; Senior at DexterSouthfield School, Boston MA

The danger of being ruled by fear is one that is all too present in the modern age. In recent months and years, several countries around the world have been subjected to brutal attacks by terrorist organizations claiming to be acting in the name of Islam. These hideous attacks left pain and loss in their wake but, just as importantly, created fear in peoples’ minds and hearts that they too could become victims of terrorism.

Many have allowed their fear of terrorism to so dominate and cloud their thinking that they regard all Muslims as potential terrorists. Sadly, fear, combined with ignorance and prejudice are making many people turn their backs on innocent Muslim refugees seeking a safe haven in Western countries.

Since the Syrian Civil War began, 320,000 people have been killed, 12,000 of whom were children. One and a half million people have been wounded or permanently disabled, and the war is only growing even more deadly.

Syrian refugees are greeted by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on their arrival from Beirut at the Toronto Pearson International Airport

Syrian refugees are greeted by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) on their arrival from Beirut at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada December 11, 2015. After months of promises and weeks of preparation, the first Canadian government planeload of Syrian refugees landed in Toronto on Thursday, aboard a military aircraft met by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

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