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The Middle East Needs To Take Care Of Its Own Refugees – The Daily Beast

Muslim countries blame the West for turning away desperate migrants, but the Gulf States have taken in a total of zero Syrians. The world has been stirred by the image of a 3-year-old Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, lying face down in the sand in tidy clothes and sneakers, drowned by the waters off Turkey that now lapped on his limp, dead body. The stirring image has left many wondering:How could this tragedy happen and who should take responsibility for fixing it?

This week, Deepa Kumar, an associate professor of media studies and Middle East Studies at Rutgers University, published an op-ed on Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based media outlet, distributing the article with a note, “This is heartbreaking. Hit ‘like’ and share if you think that others need to see the unconscionable suffering of Syrians and why Europe and the U.S. need to follow the example set by the over 10k Icelanders who have opened their homes to refugees.”

But a growing number of Muslims, Arabs, South Asian diaspora writers and others—folks who don’t always agree on current-event issues—are rightly asking another question: Rather than laying all of the responsibility and blame at the footsteps of the West, why aren’t Arab leaders giving these refugees safe haven?

Keep reading >>>> The Middle East Needs To Take Care Of Its Own Refugees – The Daily Beast



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