According to UN refugee agency, UNHCR, there are about 1.2 million refugees in need of settlement. 6-year old Alex understands this and wants President Obama’s permission to make Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian refugee, part of his family.
In a letter to President Obama, Alex’s heart and charming plea for Omran Daqneesh to be adopted by his family represented the stand every nation should be taking at this point in time.
Weeks ago, Omran Daqneesh became the new face of the Syrian crisis. The 5-year old boy was rescued from the rubble, all covered with dust and blood. Seated in the ambulance, the little boy was absolutely numb.
Alex resides with his family in Scarsdale, New York. A part of his 3-paged letter reads:
“Dear President Obama, remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria?”
“Can you please go get him and bring him to our home … we’ll be waiting for you guys with flags flowers and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”
Obama played the heartfelt video of Alex reading this letter during the Leaders Summit on Refugees which he hosted in New York. The video has reportedly been shared for much as 60, 000 times.
The summit was able to make possible pledges from 50 countries to officially admit or resettle about 360,000 refugees.
Obama went on to make it clear at the summit that the global refugee situation was a mark of failure on global leadership.
Speaking, Obama said:
“[The current refugee crisis is] a test of our international system where all nations ought to share in our collective responsibilities, because the vast majority of refugees are hosted by just 10 countries.”
“We must recognize that refugees are a symptom of larger failures – be it war, ethnic tensions or persecution.”
Thanks to Obama, some American businesses have made commitments worth more than $650 million (£500 million) to empower refugees.
The world in general, more than ever before, now understands the need to reach out to refugees at this point. It was commendable that Refugees were internationally recognized during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
According to the UNHCR, the 50 states and organizations participating in the summit have increased their contributions to humanitarian appeals in 2016 by US$4.5 billion, including US$1 billion from the US (as contained in Obama’s opening address).
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said:
“International solidarity for refugees means governments stepping up and providing fast, predictable funding, investing in host countries and communities, and giving refugees the right to live, work or study in their countries – and through that, a fighting chance to rebuild their lives.”