Syrian refugees on UN summit

UN summit. Photo Credit: Africanews

Syrian refugees living in a camp in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon just want to go home.

That’s their message to world leaders who meet today in New York at the start of a UN summit that is set to discuss their fate and that of 65 million others.

But those living in the camps aren’t expecting much to change-

Amer Yehya Nawfal, a Syrian Refugee said,“Our only faith is in God. These summits are never useful for us. They hold them only as a show for themselves.”

Syrian refugees in Jordon feel the same hopelessness.

“With all these meetings, the world was unable to allow humanitarian aid into Aleppo. The whole world could not get aid there. So to solve a problem that has been going on for more than five years, I say it’s impossible”, Abu Adib, a Syrian refugee living in Jordan’s Zaatari camp added.

Aid chiefs are calling on rich countries to shoulder their fair share of taking in refugees. They also want them to provide dependable humanitarian funding.

The 193-member UN General Assembly is expected to adopt a political declaration on migrants and refugees but it won’t be legally binding: