A day in the life of a refugee: the role of nations and citizens of the world

UNHCR Sudan Filippo Grandi Soudan

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visits refugees from South Sudan at Al Nami East Darfur, Sudan. © UNHCR/Petterik Wiggers

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Damary S. Jaramillo, a 2nd year student of Medicine and Surgery Career in Universidad de Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador. Ms Jaramillo is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.

According to Global Trends 2016, approximately 65.6 million people were displaced around the world because of human rights violations, armed conflict, persecution, and others. Of these, 55% came from Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan, South Sudan; being 51% children under the age of 18, and mostly unaccompanied or separated of their families. (1) In front of this, be refugee, stateless, asylum-seeker or displaced person has been a source of wealth for some people, this by sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, forced begging, and so on.

Also, a cause for fierce and ongoing social struggle in front of breakdown of the mother culture and the invasion of private places. It should be noted that, all of that has resulted in the voluntary repatriation of refugees and severe mental health problems, as for example: anxiety, panic attack, stress and depression. (2) In this way, what is the roll that nations should take against of the crisis refugee? And as citizens of the world, what can we do about the continuing violation of refugee rights?

Without exception, the entire refugee set out their lives for crossing land and sea in search of security and protection in any territory aside from its own, this more than few times. The asylum alternatives tend to be in developing countries that, despite their exuberant population and limited resources have opened their doors to million people; clear examples are Turkey, Sub Saharan Africa, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

However, larger and more powerful nations do not have the same figures, and the problem amounted to an injustice and unaccountability on the part of the latter. To this, a more viable solution would be to redeploy the refugee burden in the nations of the world, that, in dependence of their population and the gross domestic product; as Canada, Germany, Austria, Netherlands did five years ago. Since, only thus will it be possible to meet the needs of the refugee and balance the problem. (3)

The Geneva Convention in 1951 established refugees have the right to “…gainful employment, decent housing, free and public education, medical assistance, and freedom of religion” like any other citizen in the country. (4) But even so, all do not enjoy the same rights and their wishes of self-improvement have been subordinated to camps, on the streets and some bits of cardboard.

Perhaps they are afraid to face war or xenophobes’ mock. As citizen of the world, we have an obligation to contribute to this cause starting from organize to remedy this situation though the recruitment violations of refugee human rights, awareness of the population about the traumatic experiences of refugees and how important is to involve them on the national environment by testimonies, and statistics. Finally, to boost the social partnership though aid programmes. (5)

Unless we act now, great problems like hunger, poverty, illiteracy and violence will increase and in future, we could not take the control of all these.

References:

  1. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Global Trends, forced displacement in 2016. Geneva: UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency; 2017.
  2. Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center. Mental Health [Internet]. [Cited 18 January 2018]. Available from: http://refugeehealthta.org/physical-mental-health/mental-health/
  3. Amnesty International. Tackling the Global Refugee Crisis from shirking to sharing responsibility. London: Amnesty International Ltd.; 2016.
  4. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. ¿Cuáles son los derechos de los refugiados en el mundo? Madrid: UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency Spanish Committee; 2016.
  5. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The State of the World’s Refugees in Search of Solidarity. Geneva: UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency; 2012.

About the author

Ms Damary S. Jaramillo is a student of 2nd year of Medicine and Surgery Career in Universidad de Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador. Active member of Asociación de Estudiantes de Medicina para Proyectos e Intercambios de la Universidad de Cuenca (AEMPPI – UCuenca part of AEMPPI – Ecuador)

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Brexit Preparedness: European Commission adopts final set of “no-deal” contingency measures for Erasmus+ students, social security coordination rules and the EU budget

The journey begins – 2021 is the European Year of Rail!

Three experts on why eradicating plastic pollution will help achieve gender equality

Informal meeting of heads of state or government, Sibiu, 09/05/2019

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into public support for expansion of LG Chem’s electric vehicles battery plant in Poland

Rising number of young people excluded from jobs, education and training

Iran protests: Live ammunition reportedly used, says UN human rights office

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities

Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU at the Chinese Fashion Night

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €5.6 billion out of €6 billion now allocated in support of refugees

Forget 2009, this is the real credit crisis of our time

Is there a cure for corruption in Greece?

COVID-19 vaccination campaigns and their challenges

EU Visa Policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules

How to unleash the potential of regions like São Paulo

A comprehensive strategy for Eurozone’s long term growth gains momentum

US-EU trade negotiations: pointless tariffs against real economic growth

A Sting Exclusive: “Paris is the moment for climate justice”, Swedish MEP Linnéa Engström claims from Brussels

The ECB proposes a swift solution for SMEs’ financing

Major UN aid operation for 650,000 gets underway across Syria-Jordan border

Latest leaked TTIP document confirms EU sovereignty may be under threat

Societies must unite against ‘global crisis of antisemitic hatred’, Guterres urges

How powering food storage could end hunger

What are antibody tests and can they get the world back to work?

Education should be like everything else. An on-demand service

A new European banking space is born this year

Smart city experts should be looking to emerging markets. Here’s why

JADE Spring Meeting 2016 highlights

European research priorities for 2021-2027 agreed with member states

Latest tragedy in the Mediterranean claims over 100 lives – UN refugee agency

Parliament demands ban on neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups in the EU

Memoirs from a unique trip to China: “my new old dragon” (Part II)

We need to rethink cybersecurity for a post-pandemic world. Here’s how

COVID-19 amplifies inequality. Fight back with long-term thinking

How COVID-19 vaccine efforts could help defeat other diseases

Former Chilean President Bachelet put forward by UN chief as next High Commissioner for Human Rights

Young people are key to defusing unrest and restoring public trust

A third of young people polled by UN, report being a victim of online bullying

The reskilling revolution can transform the future of work for women

European Defence Fund: EU funds new joint research and industrial projects

Coronavirus Global Response: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge supports Venezuela

Search Engine neutrality in Europe in danger: Are 160.000 Google filtering requests good enough?

Why we need different generations in the workplace

Mexico: UN chief saddened by pipeline blast in which dozens were killed

Use space technology to build a better world for all, urges UN chief

UNICEF urges ‘transformative shift’ in family-friendly work policies to reap ‘huge’ benefits

EU cracks under the weight of its policy on the Ukraine-Russia nub

We need a global convention to end workplace sexual harassment

Climate Change : An Already Health Emergency

10 reasons to be optimistic for the future, from young change-makers

COVID-19 practices are constantly changing – this app helps emergency doctors cope

After the European Parliament elections – what happens next?

Scourge of slavery still claims 40 million victims worldwide, ‘must serve as a wakeup call’

Chernobyl nuclear disaster-affected areas spring to life, 33 years on

Why the UK government must do more to boost green revolution

UN chief praises Africa for keeping ‘hearts and borders open’ in refugee crisis

OK computer: why the machine age still needs humans

In Bali, UN chief Guterres outlines importance of international financial cooperation for sustainable development

TTIP 9th Round marked by American disappointment: Will some optimism save this trade agreement?

As Dubai switches on its first 5G, what is all the fuss about?

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s