Non-profit

Commemorating World Refugee Day with Ghiras Al Nahda – A Nonprofit Working for Refugees in Syria

According to the most recent UNHCR report on forced displacement, Turkey currently houses 3.6 million refugees, the most of any single nation, followed by Colombia, which has 1.8 million people, including Venezuelans, who have left in recent years.

We had a conversation with Ghiath Zeen of Ghiras Al Nahda. It is a humanitarian organization dedicated to empowering people by meeting their basic needs and improving the stability and resilience of Syrian communities. They prioritize the dignity of beneficiaries over all other considerations. They aim to lend a helping hand to Syrians by providing job opportunities and funding development, scientific research, and educational projects so that Syrians know we are there for them. They are diligently working to serve them without expecting anything in return.

Q
Why do you think it’s important to observe World Refugee Day?

Ghiath Zeen: It is essential to draw the world’s attention to the condition of refugees. This issue is one of the biggest humanitarian issues caused by wars and conflicts in the world. According to UNHCR, by November 2021, more than 84 million people will have been forced to flee from their homes. For instance, in the Syrian crisis, the number of Syrian refugees reached about 6.6 million, distributed across 126 countries around the world. About one-third of the Syrian population are refugees. These issues need to be highlighted and worked upon. The least we can do is to have a day to advocate for their cause and demand their rights so that they can also live dignified and safe life. This is why I believe it is important to celebrate Refugee Day.

Q
How does your nonprofit work to help the refugees?

Ghiath Zeen: We work inside Syria to help the people with their primary needs. We, as a humanitarian organization, work mainly in northern Syria and southern Turkey. We are constantly working to advocate and talk about the refugee issue and participate in any activity that raises awareness about refugees and the conditions that lead them to seek asylum.

We do carry out some projects in partnership with some international organizations and some United Nations agencies to upskill refugees with some skills. It also aims to enhance their integration into societies. We are also trying to increase their ability and increase cohesion with society.

Q
How does the refugee crisis affect a country’s economy?

Ghiath Zeen: I believe the economic fallout is no less damaging than the humanitarian costs to the stability of the region. For long-term development, many changes are made, and internal policies are designed in such a way that the refugee needs to work harder and harder. More than 30% during the middle of the 2000s in Yemen and Libya faced an acute shortage in the supply of critical goods or services. For military financing of the budget, Syria is an even more extreme case where consumer prices rose by more than 300% between March 2011 (when the crisis started) and May 2015. In Turkey, the spike in inflation was about 60%. Such inflation dynamics are usually accompanied by strong depreciation pressure on the local currencies. Consequently, the authorities may try to resist intervention and the regulation of cross-border flows. Henceforth, the economy is affected to a larger extent than one can predict.

Q
In your opinion, what needs to be done by the United Nations to uplift the refugees?

Ghiath Zeen: There are many steps that the United Nations can take to protect refugees around the world and preserve their rights. For instance, enacting more laws that preserve the rights of refugees. Work must also be done to integrate refugees into their host communities so that they can live in safety and stability. We must not forget that we must focus on the main cause of the refugee crisis. From my point of view, the most important thing is to address the main cause of the problem.

The United Nations and the major governments should be more effective in resolving the origin of the crisis. We must not only talk about the humanitarian context, but we also have to focus on the origin of the problem and solve it.

Q
How can people help the refugees living around them?

Ghiath Zeen: In my opinion, at the level of individuals and small groups, they can contribute to creating a greater understanding and awareness. Individuals and small groups can play a role in letting them understand very well why these people cannot come back to their country. Unfortunately, even individuals and small groups cannot make a significant impact on this issue because more resources and support are required. They need more tools to use in this campaign. The small groups, the individuals who are already putting together campaigns, need support from some big organizations around the world, as well as local people. So support them. If the reason sounds good to you, join them.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has launched the #WithRefugees petition to send a message of action, solidarity, and accountability to governments around the world on behalf of refugees. We can work together to end the refugee crisis and find homes for displaced people all across the world. Come, help the refugees through us. Volunteer with us. Gain access to the world of corporate volunteers. Get in touch with our team and share your Impact Story on our platform.

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