The World Is Failing Its Refugees

Has the world stepped up to respond the plight of refugees since 3-year-old Alan Kurdi died and washed up on a Turkish beach as his family tried to reach safety?

Zaher Sahloul recalled the memory of Kurdi at a packed session on refugees at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health this past Saturday. He also shared a drawing by a Syrian second grader. Instead of drawing sun, sky, rivers and people smiling, the child drew barrel bombs dropping on houses and children being mutilated and dying—and the children who are dead are smiling.

Despite these profound tragedies, the US and other countries are failing to give refugees the help they need. 


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