Resist apathy - educate yourself and others
The political, economic, and scientific causes of the greatest humanitarian crisis since WWII are vast and complex, making it easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. However, educating yourself and engaging in discussions with family and friends are powerful ways to advocate for refugees and the challenges that they face.
Please find below some videos and links that present fact-based and unbiased information. We regularly share news on the crisis as well as stories from our own experience through our social media channels. We welcome you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@actionfromCH) and to promote awareness by sharing our posts and tweets.
The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained (Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, September 2015)
A record number of refugees are fleeing their countries and seeking asylum in Europe. More than four million are from Syria alone as a result of a brutal civil war. This video briefly addresses the causes of the war and discusses some common fears and misconceptions about Syrian refugees.
Syria’s War: Who is Fighting and Why (Vox, April 2017)
The Syrian civil war is not a clearly defined or two-sided situation. This video breaks down the many countries and political, ethnic, and religious groups involved through a visual timeline of the conflict since 2011.
The Europe-Turkey Refugee Deal Explained (Al Jazeera +, April 2016)
EU/Turkey Deal Explained (Médecins Sans Frontières Australia, March 2017)
The EU-Turkey deal came into effect on March 20th 2016. It effectively trapped millions of refugees in Greece and Turkey who were seeking a route to asylum in central Europe. These two short videos explain why the deal is both controversial and damaging.
The Rise of ISIS (Vox, December 2015)
The beginnings of ISIS / ISIL / Islamic State lie in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. This video explains the origin of this group and the influence of foreign government and invasions, Al Qaeda, the Arab Spring, and other factors on its development and spread.
Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Fell Apart (The New York Times, August 2016)
Straightforward Answers to Basic Questions about Syria’s Civil War (The New York Times, September 2016)
11 Things You Thought You Knew About Europe’s Migration Crisis (Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, March 2017)
Refugee Crisis: Figures at a Glance (UNHCR, 2017)
Key Facts About the World’s Refugees (Pew Research Center, October 2016)
Europe’s Migrant Crisis in Numbers (The Economist, March 2016)
Resources for Educators:
Teaching Tool-kit and Resources (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR)
Lesson Plans for “Fractured Lands” (Pulitzer Center, August 2016)
What Does It Mean to be a Refugee? (TED Ed, June 2016)
edX Online Course: Human Rights – The Rights of Refugees (Amnesty International, November 2016)