Dignity, not deals

Queen Rania visits refugee camp in Lesbos, urges “long-term solution”

Queen Rania of Jordan meets Syrian refuges in Lesbos, Greece. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Jordan’s Queen Rania Al Abdullah has made a visit to the Kara Tepe refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, which houses over 950 refugees, calling for an urgent “sustainable long-term solution to this crisis.” Queen Rania, an advocate for the International Rescue Committee, met with two Syrian families and visited facilities installed by the IRC, such as sanitary blocks and an information desk. She said: “This is an exceptional crisis and it requires an exceptional response. It requires a response that is collective and that is value-based, a response that is built on burden sharing not burden shifting,” adding that “refugees are not numbers. They are human beings like you and I, except they have seen unspeakable horror and have experienced unthinkable tragedy and hardship. They risked everything, their families, their possessions just to make it to safety. We need to bring humanity and compassion back into the narrative, because this crisis is about people not borders and barriers. It’s about human dignity not deals.”

(Royal Hashemite Court via Getty Images)

(Royal Hashemite Court via Getty Images)

The Queen went on to thank Greece for the “empathy and kindness” it had shown the refugees landing on their shores, despite their own economic hardship, and pressed the need to find “legal alternatives and effective pathways to safety, and also look for more sustainable long term solutions to this crisis.” The refugee crisis has continued to intensify throughout 2016: according to the U.N. Refugee Agency, this year alone more than 180,000 refugees or migrants have reached Europe by sea, and every day some 1,663 people reach the shores of Lesbos.

Read the full story at The Independent.


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