Outcry Over Oil Rich Nation's Non-Participation on Syria

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After world outcry that the elite Arab oil nations have shown little enthusiasm to take in the Syrian refugees, the UAE responded that they have provided hundreds of millions of dollars on humanitarian aid for them. 

Minister for UAE Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash stated that the "UAE total humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees amounted to around $581.5 million.", of which he is referencing the total funds that the United Arab Emerites contributed from the seven emerites of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.

 

They have also stated that the seven emirates have "provided more than $420 million to fight the terrorism of Daesh in Syria and Iraq, and its humanitarian burden, including internal displacement,". (Daesh is another name used for ISIS).

At first glance, this might sound impressive; however, for a group of rich countries to provide such little aid, in comparison to their extreme wealth, not to mention the abundance of available land (these countries have a proportionally low population with respect to their land), it is just a token gesture in order to appease the international community.

The bottom line is that the UAE, as well as Saudi Arabia (which is about 1/4 the size of the United States and has a population of only 28,000,000) are not making an assertive effort to absorb the Syrian refugees into their territories.

Consequently, the western powers of Europe and the United States are burdened with taking in hundreds of thousands of people who ultimately should be going to the countries that share the same culture, same religion (they are all Sunni Muslims) and lare ocated in a much closer geographic zone.

The fact that the West is accepting this mass of people should not be the case and the UAE, as well as Saudi Arabia should be ashamed of themselves for not taking the lead in absorbing all of the refugees from Syria.  


Note: This article is from an Independent contributor not affiliated with attorney Fensterman.