Alaa Al Barghothy
Palestinian Journalist – Sweden
The suffering of Palestinians of Syria has been ongoing for five years now amid significant deterioration in the living and humanitarian situation of their camps in Syria. Such deterioration is not overlooked except by the dispersion of Palestinians in Syria, who are scattered on the three continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe.
People who escaped the killing machine and devastation did not spare any effort to search for safety and to escape their killer even if it was by a worn-out boat that might crash by the Mediterranean high waves before they get to their destination.
One might ask does the human really have to indulge that risk, at anygiven moment, which may cost his life?
Of course that question is often raised by people who do not realize the extent of suffer and pain undergone by the Palestinians of Syria, nor do they feel the abandonment that befell on the Palestinians of Syria from their representatives,be it the Left and the Right Wings of the Palestinian factions, without exception.
They probably also do not know that at least one member of 3000 Palestinian families, was killed as a result of shelling, siege, and torture to death. They also probably donot know that 1500 families do not yet know the fate of one of its members in detention! They do not knowother things that havebeen forgotten by most people.
Unfortunately!! More than a third of the Palestinian Syrian refugees, who were estimated by more than half a million refugees, are scattered over three continents among more than 60 Arab and European countries.
Lebanon receives approximately 45,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria; Jordan receives (15.5) thousand Palestinian Syrians; Egypt receives about 6000 refugees; Turkey receives nearly 7000; the European Union receives at least 36,000; while there are about 10,000 refugees scattered between Greece and the rest of immigration stations, where they are not registered in any statistics yet because they had not reached their final destination.
Numbers are kept to a minimum, according to statistics published by the AGPS and UNRWA; they may increase with the coming days, especially in light of the continued tightening and the risk the Palestinian refugees in Syria as well as the countries of asylum are subjected to.
After all those horrific numbers, and after those dire years, Palestinians of Syria are entitled to ask, what is next? And what is required of them? Are they required to be victims of aerial or artillery bombardment? Are they required to be a meal for the Mediterranean fish? Are not they entitled to ask about theirabsent representatives who have long disagreed on the representation of refugees; especially those who claim that theyexclusivelyrepresent refugeeshere and there!
Is it believable that the one who spent years of prosperity, and who was claiming representation to suddenly turn into an oppressed who can at best issue a statement or mourn on the social networking sites, or turn to a dealer selling and buying refugees and suffering in exchange for a property or privileges here or there?
In the end, regardless of the complexity and misery of the crisis, it will definitely end; children of martyrs, detainees, and drowned will hold everyone who let them down accountable; the oppressed will never forget the oppressor.
I wish those previous figures could implore feelings and consciences of some of those responsible for Palestinians of Syria, perhaps they can mitigate the size of negligence against those who trusted them one day.
This negligence may amount to the participation of those offenses, since the killer is a criminal. The ones who let their people down in crisis time are criminals as well.