Unsung heroes who rescue Syria’s refugees

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, February 11, 2016.

Syria’s war continues to drive civilians into exile. The diplomatic uncertainties about peace are high. Yet one good thing has remained constant during the five-year conflict: Ordinary residents in neighboring states continue to open their homes or come to the rescue of the refugees, who now number more than three million.

The 28-nation European Union is still in political crisis over its proper response to the flow of refugees. And Turkey’s officials have come under criticism for closing off some border crossings. As these leaders sort out their differences, however, volunteers in a network of solidarity are still welcoming the fleeing Syrians out of self-sacrifice.

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