Syria: the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation

14 10 2015


Text from email recieved Trocaire’s Humanitarian Officer

Dear Donal

Fadi is a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, before the war he had a good life in Syria – he was an engineer and enjoyed living with his family and close to his friends. He never wanted to leave home but as he watched his country implode around him and the death toll rise from thousands to hundreds of thousands he had no option but to make the tragic decision to leave his country, a decision so familiar to so many Syrian people.

My name is Noelle Fitzpatrick, I am Trócaire’s Humanitarian Officer and I have met Fadi, and many others who are living in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. Many of them have nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Today, Fadi lives in Lebanon. His home is only a two hour journey and although he longs to travel back to his country one day, he knows it is a journey that he cannot make. For Fadi, the prospect of returning home has now become little more than a distant memory.
Like so many others, he is now so desperate that he is considering risking his life to get to Europe.
“I die a little bit every day here,” he told me. “If there is even a 50% chance of making it alive to Europe, it is a risk worth taking”.
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Noelle Fitzpatrick
Humanitarian Officer

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Quigley : Disappointment as motion to help refugees descends into party politicking

24 09 2015



SDLP Coleraine Councillor Stephanie Quigley has expressed her disappointment after an SDLP motion aimed at responding to the refugee crisis facing Europe was defeated in last night’s meeting of Causeway, Coast and Glens Council.

She said: “I am very angry that this effort was scuppered last night because of the introverted vision of some Councillors. This was a chance for the Council to reflect the great efforts of many in our community and the will of the wider public who want to see action to help Syrian refugees.

“There was robust discussion on the motion and an important issue like this demands nothing less but for DUP and Sinn Fein councillors to use a humanitarian effort as a springboard to launch a debate about the IRA is totally inexcusable. It is an insult to the people risking their lives and the lives of their children to escape conflict.

“It is an embarrassment that as of last night, our Council’s official response to this global crisis is to bicker about unrelated matters. The onus is now on those Councillors to reflect on what happened and to get on board with the rest of our people and the global community.

“While this issue may invite debate it should not be an excuse to rescore traditional divisions. This is a matter of life and death and we will not accept inaction.”