Bana Alabed Asks Trump To Save Refugees From Syria
President Donald Trump is planning to issue an executive order that will drastically reduce the number of refugees admitted to the US, which includes a 120-day suspension of all refugees and an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria.
The executive order will also deny visas to individuals from countries the Trump administration considers to be high-risk.
So far, the list of countries that will be impacted by this executive order include: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
These are all Muslim-majority countries.
A few days before Trump's inauguration, Bana Alabed, the 7-year-old girl from Aleppo whose tweets stole the world's heart, wrote an open letter to America's new president.
As Trump is poised to take action against some of the world's most vulnerable people, the words of this letter couldn't be more relevant.
Alabed, who recently fled to Turkey, wrote,
I lived in Syria my whole life before I left from besieged East Aleppo on December last year. I am part of the Syrian children who suffered from the Syrian war. But right now, I am having a peace in my new home of Turkey. In Aleppo, I was in school but soon it was destroyed because of the bombing. Some of my friends died. I am very sad about them and wish they were with me because we would play together by right now. I couldn't play in Aleppo, it was the city of death. Right now in Turkey, I can go out and enjoy. I can go to school although I didn't yet. That is why peace is important for everyone including you.
While Alabed is grateful for her new life in Turkey, she made sure to note that many Syrian children have not been so lucky,
Millions of Syrian children are not like me right now and suffering in different parts of Syria. They are suffering because of adult people.
She implored Trump to "save the children and people of Syria,"
I know you will be the president of America, so can you please save the children and people of Syria? You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you.
Unfortunately, it appears Alabed's letter will fall on deaf ears.
In spite of the fact just three refugees have been arrested over terrorism in the US since 9/11, Trump has characterized them as a "Trojan horse" and a potential terror threat.
His executive order will do very little to keep Americans safe, but will undoubtedly inflict more hardship on people who are already suffering.
We are currently witnessing the worst refugee crisis of our era, with 21.3 million refugees worldwide.
Approximately 4.8 million of these refugees are from Syria.
This is a global refugee crisis. Whether we like it or not, we are all connected to it.
Ignoring it will only make the world more unstable, but President Trump seems determined to ignore this fact.
Citations: America's puzzling moral ambivalence about Middle East refugees (Brookings), Aleppo Twitter Star Bana al-Abed Asks Trump to 'Save' Syria's Children (NBC News), Trump Prepares To Halt Syrian Refugee Admissions, Limit Muslim Entry (Huffington Post)