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International community must do all it can to help refugees - Anderson

20 September, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the international community have a duty to act to address the humanitarian crisis facing refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and elsewhere. 

Speaking after visiting the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, Ms Anderson said; 

"I visited the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan which is home to more than 80,000 people fleeing conflict in Syria. 

"We have all seen the images of suffering as refugees flee Syria but nothing can prepare you for these people’s conditions in refugee camps. 

"After fleeing the horrors of war and brutal sexual violence in Syria refugees who have managed to escape to Jordan face an uncertain future in camps like the Zaatari refugee camp. 

"There are 80,000 people crammed into this camp. Water is scarce, there are electricity cuts, there is not enough food and there are rats everywhere. 

"Jordan is doing its best to cope with the huge increase in people but it needs help. The international community has a responsibility to increase aid efforts to help address the growing humanitarian crisis. 

"These refugees face the choice of dying in the conflict in Syria, drowning in the Mediterranean or starving in refugee camps. It is up to us to help them and we must do everything we can."

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