On Refugees Day, PFIF Asks Ending Their Suffering


PARIS – On the occasion of the International Day of Migrants proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 4 December 2000, Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) called for putting an end to the suffering of 1 million children living in Middle East camps and shelters and threatened with cold.

PFIF urged the need for intensive international efforts to support and assist refugee children in the Middle East, particularly Syria, Iraq and Palestine.

More than a million children living in crowded camps and shelters in the Middle East and North Africa are threatened with cold and may face severe consequences if they do not receive assistance to protect them from freezing weather, the institute said.

In the midst of cold and rainy weather in the Middle East and North Africa region, about one million children affected by crises in the region are threatened with cold, and low temperatures will bring more difficulties to thousands of families living in conditions limited to the most basic necessities of life.

The Institute said people living in overcrowded camps or shelters found little protection from the cold in countries like Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as well as the Palestinian territories.

Because of the lack of food and health care, refugee children are vulnerable and their bodies are vulnerable to severe hypothermia and serious respiratory diseases, and they have not received assistance to protect them from freezing weather, which has serious consequences.

PFIF illustrated that the adoption by the UN General Assembly on Monday of 181 countries a global charter on refugees should be a cause for more serious international action to improve their management at the international level.

It also stressed that refugee crises require a global sharing of responsibilities and strengthening the assistance and protection efforts for the 25 million registered refugees in the world.

The institute called for reinforcing the international efforts to ease the pressure on receiving countries, increasing the independence of refugees, expanding the scope of solutions that require the participation of other countries and contribute to securing conditions for the safe and dignified return of refugees to their countries of origin.

PFIF called for the use of the International Day of Refugees to stop the practices of racism and discrimination against refugees in light of the escalating Yemeni anti-immigration attitudes in many countries of the world, especially in Europe and the United States of America.

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