Sponsors are ordinary Canadian citizens committed to do everything they can to help resettle the refugees — from providing financial support to offering practical support, like helping with groceries, doctor’s appointments and English lessons.
President Obama is falling short on his pledge to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of September. But some Syrians have already been granted visas and are living here, not as refugees, but as visiting professors.
The world's first humanitarian summit is being held in Istanbul in an attempt to tackle what the United Nations describes as the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II — it says 125 million people around the world are currently in need of some form of humanitarian aid.
The old camp was a humanitarian disaster pitched on muddy flats. The new one is on dry ground, with numbered cabins and plenty of showers and toilets for everyone. But the new comforts can't erase the anguish of its inhabitants.
You might wonder why a doctor from Atlanta, a successful heart surgeon, would bother to go to a Syrian refugee camp as a volunteer? Dr.Omar Lattouf knew very little about the Syrian crisis and the massive refugee problem until he arrived at Jordan's Al-Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp.
Thaer al-Tahli was an activist in Homs, Syria, threatened by the regime. He was selected for possible resettlement in the US. But after three years and many hours of interviews, he's decided to withdraw his application.
New numbers released Tuesday by the State Department show that the US is slowly increasing the number of Syrian refugees it's admitting. But the overall numbers are still low, which is a concern for advocates who fear that the Obama administration may miss its own goal.
Dr. Zoi Livaditou is a Lesbos native. She's had a career saving lives as an emergency medicine doctor who has spent time in war and disaster zones in places like Afghanistan, Gaza and Haiti. Now the emergency has arrived at her home — in the form of the massive refugee crisis.
Europe is being hammered by an influx of Syrian refugees. How can the world help all these people on the run? And given the US role in Syria, like daily bombing runs against ISIS targets, what should the US role be?