During World War Two, Syria took in refugees from Europe. Like Syrian civilians today, these Europeans were fleeing death, destruction, and ideological persecution. It’s now time to return the favour.
Online news site Mic recently released a video to remind us of this historical comparison. And it’s already received hundreds of thousands of views.
When Syria took in Europe’s refugees 70 years ago, at the height of the Second World War, refugees were moving from Europe to the Middle East – a total reverse of what we’re seeing today. Many of these civilians came from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece and Yugoslavia.A combined effort from aid groups and governments bolstered the efforts of the Middle East Relief and Refugee Administration (MERRA), which ran camps across the Middle East that housed tens of thousands of Europeans.
Conditions were far from perfect, as we might expect, but the refugees received (at the very least) safe haven from the conflict raging back home.And as the video above shows, one place where MERRA ran its camps was Syria.