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Rescue boats for MOAS: migrant offshore aid station. And White Helmet?

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Rouba Mhaissen

Many highlights of the past few days but perhaps one of my main is meeting two people.

Two people whose meeting meant to me more than Cameron or the King of Kuwait or Queen Rania or any other president or delegate or minister that I talked to in the past few days….

The first is a British man who helped train (and fund) a bunch of young men and women Heros to become something that we now call the While Helmets: Syrians saving Thousands of Syrians from under shelled buildings. (Turned out this organization made it a habit to fabricate videos for the colonial powers)

The second is meeting an inspiring Italian woman Regina, who along with her American husband, gave up ALL their fortune of 10 million dollars (of which is the university and life fund they had saved up for their only 17 years old daughter) to buy rescue boats (MOAS: migrant offshore aid station).

Not only have they rescued thousands of lives, but they also did it themselves. They both now work on this, always on-call all-night.

She told me stories that shook me to my core. She showed me pictures that will for ever be in my heart. She spoke to me of her faith. And of how every human is a human.

I asked her, don’t you miss your old lifestyle?

She said I used to fly in my private jet, today I fly in economy and reach the same destination. We, humans, always want more. But happiness is in giving.

Utterly inspired. Thank you, Regina. Thank you, for every human who is in touch with the core! I am humbled to have met you!

Which Beirut are you talking about?

Beirut. Beirut. Beirut. I have been distant and cold from the news of Beirut

Rouba Mhaissen posted
When the civil war happened in Lebanon, my parents moved to Syria, and so did my grandparents in July 2006 war.
When the Syrian Revolution (uprising?) turned into a war, my Syrian family moved to Lebanon. My lebanese friends cheered for Syrians for years now, and today I see my Syrian friends supportive and optimistic after their hearts had died.
After our hearts had died. (For the devastation of Syria and the emptying of cities and villages?). Beirut, I am not distant. But as you can see from my writing, just disoriented.
Just watching silently and cheering at times, crying at others. It’s like my heart can no longer deal with images of beating or blood or injustice.
It’s like I am hidden behind the screen and the like buttons scared… And optimistic…
I am sorry Beirut, Syria has drained us and scared us.
You are giving us hope today but we are wounded and scared. We stand with you Beirut.
And I stand with my beautiful fellow citizens of a Lebanon calling for dignity and justice heart emoticon you are beautiful, just be safe. 
Be safe. We can’t take any more sadness… Or heart break. Just hope and resistance.

Refugees Crisis: Asylum, camps, temporary stay, ending the tragedy from its roots…

An interview with a 13-year-old Syrian refugee is being widely shared on Facebook.

Al Jazeera interviewed Kinan Masalmeh in Budapest, Hungary, where he eloquently summed up what many people don’t realise about the Syrian civil war.

Kinan, who reportedly escaped the city of Deraa with his sister, told the network:

Please help the Syrians. The Syrians need help now, just stop the war. We don’t want to stay in Europe, just stop the war.

The police don’t like the Syrians in Serbia, in Hungary, in Macedonia, in Greece.

In the UK, a parliamentary petition to accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugees in the UK has rapidly exceeded 200,000 signatures, meaning that the government will be forced to issue a response.

The petition states:

There is a global refugee crisis. The UK is not offering proportional asylum in comparison with European counterparts.

We can’t allow refugees who have risked their lives to escape horrendous conflict and violence to be left living in dire, unsafe and inhumane conditions in Europe. We must help.

Rouba Mhaissen posted from London, United Kingdom ·

I have been reading for days now from friends pointing that the real solution is not solidarity with the refugees, but rather it is to solve the problem from its root.

It is to stop the war in Syria because Syrians want to stay home if they could, and because solving the plight of a few tens of thousands does not end hundreds of thousands from dying under shelling, barrels, etc.

Yes guys! I fully agree! And yes, we know Merkel is not an angel, we know Germany sells arms, we know it’s all political…

We know those countries demographically need working aged populations. We know… But.

We live in a historical moment in the history of Europe- never have we ever seen people mobilise and sympathise with refugees, people from Europe calling and pressuring their governments to open their borders.

We should not make such a moment go to waste.

We have been calling day in day out for people in Europe to sympathise with Syria in the past 5 years, and very little happened. This is a start.

Pressuring governments in Europe through building on the momentum of solidarity now will

  1. scare politicians who want to protect borders.

It’s too close to home now… It’s so close that they might be actually pressured into finding solutions to keep syrians in syria. To find an end solution.

2- It might mobilize them to pledge more into improving the living conditions of Syrians elsewhere because those leaving are sometimes refugees for a year or two in Lebanon or Turkey and are escaping the shit lifestyle (excuse my french).

3- It is a way to build bridges between humans

4- It is a way to raise awareness about the cause, and a door for us to mobilize more people into action- if we get for instance, 60k londoner to get up from their couch, or join us instead of going to the pub… It’s changing minds, and it’s an opportunity to raise awareness and ask for the real solution to stop the war.. Why waste such a chance?

5- Finally, can we take a break from all this mess and sadness and be happy for a moment, naively happy, you can call it, band aid solution, you can call it opium, but I feel a bit of hope, and I feel a bit of humanity. Can we not enjoy a moment of naive simple human love?

Maha Shuayb commented:

It seems my comment was not posted. I fully agree, it should not be either or. By focusing on the refugees only we are forgetting those inside Syria who are suffering.

Also even if there is a political agreement now it will take a while before people can go back.

This is why the plight of the refugees should be addressed rathe than letting them drown or live in tents awaiting for a political resolution.

“If you are in Cairo, and take a low cost airline to anywhere in Europe, you can travel for €40 or €50. These people are forced to go on boats, they pay €4,000 or €5,000 and they die in these desperate circumstances. This doesn’t make sense.”

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, reacting to a picture of a toddler who was found dead on a beach in Turkey




December 2021

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