Tidbits of Arabic News translated into English

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Syrian refugees

(March 11, 2014)

It's been three years since the start of the Syrian War, so the BBC Arabic's Rasha Qandeel was talking about refugees.

First, they showed footage of camps and of schools:

Then Rasha spoke with a lady who had fled Syria for Lebanon three years ago via telephone. Her name was Mother of Khaled. They didn't have a picture to show of the Syrian lady, so the camera studied Rasha's concerned face instead.

The Syrian Mother of Khaled lady had given birth to a child three years ago, just as she was fleeing her home country. She said that in all that time, they had been given no support out of anyone. Also, her family numbered in the dozens, or close to a dozen, and the only person earning any wage was her brother. 

In the meantime, I think the peace talks are not going so well. In February, when the peace talks were breaking down, the BBC Arabic's Malak Jaafar interviewed this Syrian guy. He was giving his version of events and blaming everyone else, when finally Malak told him: you talk as if the failure of the Geneva talks is the fault of the international community and not yours at all.

Looks like there's plenty of blame and pity to be shared.

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