It’s Time to Humanize the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Syria PeaceBy Derrick Broze

The ongoing civil war in Syria has contributed to a mass exodus of people leaving their homes in pursuit of safety and a new beginning. The migration of millions of individuals and families has sparked controversy across Europe and the United States as the world grapples with how to balance welcoming in refugees while also protecting their own citizens. The Syrian refugees have been shown hospitality from some and faced outrage and fear from others who worry that a clash of cultures is too great to successfully integrate.

Lost in the headlines of proposals to completely ban Muslims or Arabs altogether, there are individuals and families who truly seek nothing but a life free of violence, war, and pain. While the Internet is filled with theorists who suspect that refugees are nothing more than terrorists in hiding, there are millions of human beings who wish for an opportunity to be treated as equals. To be certain, there have been reports of clashes with the residents of various nations who are accepting refugees. But is this the fault of the refugees, the residents, or simply ignorance on both parts?

To get to the bottom of this, one must begin to look at the situation without prejudice and recognize that all humans are individuals with their own unique perspectives and ideas. While some refugees may have their own vision of transforming their host nation, there are others who want to learn and grow in their new home. By the same token, for every accepting and loving citizen of a host nation there are also ignorant bigots who reject foreigners automatically.

Since 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have risked their lives to make it to the shores of Greece. While many of these people have been resettled thousands more remain stranded in legal limbo. They are caught between Europeans who welcome them with open arms and increasingly “far-right” political groups who seek to ban refugees and their religious beliefs.

In an attempt to shine a light on the human side of the refugee crisis, a new documentary will follow the journey of one man from Syria to the Idomeni refugee camp in Greece. In April, filmmaker Jeremy Martin spent a week at Idomeni with refugees gathering video content, making contacts, and researching the migration crisis. While at Idomeni, Martin met Adbullah, a refugee from Deir ez-Zor, Syria, a city destroyed by Syrian, Russian, and NATO bombs and now controlled by ISIS. Abdullah and his friends share their stories of reaching Europe and ask whether taking the journey and risking their lives was a worthy endeavor.

“In the film we find out from refugees who they think is to blame for their crisis, where they place hope, and what options they have ahead of them,” Martin told Activist Post. “We look at why they left home, what they’ve encountered along the way, and how ending up in Greece has changed their lives. We try to understand how it feels to live every day from one to the next in complete uncertainty about the future as we perceive the refugee crisis Through Abdullah’s Eyes.

Jeremy Martin is planning to return to Greece to continue documenting the refugees’ journey as they seek asylum abroad. When asked how his film will handle the negativity and bigotry faced by some of the refugees, Martin said his film “aims to color the word refugee with the personalities of refugees that remind you that we’re so much more alike than we imagined, but because of the politics, whatever they may be, they equate to time lost in limbo as resources grow thin, tempers rise, and Europe’s far right keeps gaining momentum.”

It’s easy for armchair activists and Internet commentators to judge others and make assumptions about individuals based on their religion, the color of their skin, or their country of origin, but at the end of the day we are all individuals. Lovers of liberty, human rights advocates, and refugees can all learn to approach each other with kindness, grace, and compassion. Until we are capable of learning to judge every individual by their character and their actions we will be easily divided and manipulated.

For more information on “Through Abdullah’s Eyes” please see this interview with Jeremy Martin. If you are interested in supporting the film please contribute to Jeremy’s crowdfunding campaign.

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for and the founder of the Follow him on Twitter.

Derrick is available for interviews.

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8 Comments on "It’s Time to Humanize the Syrian Refugee Crisis"

  1. Well Derrick;
    I think you should offer to host a few dozen refugees. At least 2 in your own home. For goodness sake, they’d be happy just to sleep on your floor, at first. Go ahead Derrick, show us how to welcome in a group
    that hates everything we stand for.

    • Съ нами Богъ! | June 14, 2016 at 2:18 am | Reply

      Мамоне и большевизм являются еврейские сводные сестры.

      Еврейские банкиры наводнили Европу с мусульманами и Америку с третьего мира мусора.

      Украина должна забыть о Крыме и НАТО… НАТО бомбили христианские сербов.

  2. Once we humanize the situation, then comes the need to take care of them.

    Call me heartless, but we’re over 19 trillion in debt.

    We cannot “…boil the ocean…”.

  3. OK let’s watch some videos of how the “migrants” have behaved in Europe, to humanize them, and also to humanize the local people victimized because of them. They’re people too.

    You want to be selective about who we watch and what we are supposed to conclude. No thanks. It’s not that I’m heartless. It’s that I’m not a cuck.

    • Kosovo je Srbija | June 14, 2016 at 2:21 am | Reply

      BACK IN THE EUSSR – (parody of The Beatles’ “Back in the USSR”)

      Oh, flew in from Liberia Beach D.O.A.
      Got to a hospital bed last night
      All the way this ebola bug was in my pee
      Man I was a dreadful sight

      I’m back in the E.U.S.S.R.
      You don’t know how lucky you are… boy
      Back in the EU, back in the EU,
      Back in the E.U.S.S.R.

      Those great debts really knock me out
      They kick the West’s behind
      Angela’s blubbery cellulite is hanging out
      That EU troika is always on my, my, my mind

      Take me to Carpathian Mountains way down South
      Let me foreclose your daddy’s farm
      All the way the bankers’ hands are reaching out
      Come and grease your comrade’s palm

      I’m back in the E.U.S.S.R.
      You don’t know how lucky you are… boy
      Back in the EU, back in the EU,
      Back in the E.U.S.S.R.

  4. Doug Stevens | June 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Reply

    No, start to dehumanise these psycho-freaks who are directly responsible for the militarised dystopia in those middle east countries and treat them as the tradition demands with rabid animals or parasite infestations.

    Of course be decent with the displaced masses but assist them to return and to rebuild their countries.

    • ГИТЛЕР БЫЛ ПРАВ | June 14, 2016 at 2:14 am | Reply

      The banksters need a war desperately right now. They’ve tried so hard in Syria and it just hasn’t worked. Now they’ve got crazy Trump actually saying we should stay out of the Middle East and focus on our own problems, and people are listening… What’s a self-respecting globalist financier to do?

      Without the US military killing people and breaking things, there is no future growth path for them. So they send their puppets like Kasich and Romney out to talk up the fight against “evil” and threaten Russia and China, hoping to fool those dumb white ‘Murkins one more time into sending their sons off to die for God and Country and Goldman Sachs.

      The IMF Jéws are in bed with the Turks and NATO, they are worried about a Trump audit of the Federal Reserve… and about Trump and Putin teaming up to destroy them once and for all… Trump is a vote for peace, and peace does not make money for the weapon industry. The pseudo secular media and their Zíonist masters profit from destabilization.

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