Special report: A Deseret News editor visits refugee camps to learn how families fare

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  • jasonhardy salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 1, 2017 12:21 p.m.

    This is extremely well written, Allison. Well done!

  • Liberal living on Planet Utah SLC, UT
    Sept. 22, 2016 1:04 p.m.


    "Send them home where they can be together, and stop attacking me for wanting to keep my family safe from Islamic Terrorists".

    Another highly intellectual and compassionate statement. Does it follow the teachings of your church? Many flaws in your statement. The biggest being these refugees have no home to be sent back to! Stop attacking liberals for their compassion and most importantly commonsense! Life in St. George, Utah seems ignorantly blissful.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Sept. 22, 2016 12:43 p.m.

    Some good points being made by readers and at least an effort being made in the article to begin to provide some information about the "refugee crisis". That information is centered on Greece here, and one family, and the passing through via one point of entry to one nation involving seemingly tens of thousands of people, but an estimated 65 millions of "displaced persons" is mentioned overall.

    Such an article makes a little dent in our overwhelming lack of knowledge on a crucial subject. We know scarcely anything about the nations involved in the migrations with no accounting of how many are the economic migrants and how many refugees.

    Due to this lack of knowledge and little expressed interest in changing that, we are always in an awful information deficit, meaning that anyone interested in sorting all this mess out is still largely guessing. Whatever the stats, if they are accurate, indicate about those entering Greece it leaves the greater picture still barely touched upon, a subject surely crying out to be studied far more closely and comprehensively.

    This is a complex and massive subject, but the press at large still does little to enlighten us.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Sept. 22, 2016 12:39 p.m.

    This was a touching story and there but for the Grace of God go any of us.

    I was very surprised after reading these comments to find way less compassion than I expected.

    Am grateful for the focus the LDS Church leadership has tried to bring to this--and the initiative from last years General Women's Meeting. After reading this article, I am prompted to renew my own efforts.

    Wish the other stable Islamic nations and leaders, especially the wealthy ones, would rally to the cause.

  • a_voice_of_reason Woods Cross, UT
    Sept. 22, 2016 11:30 a.m.

    I'm grateful the Deseret News sent an editor to give us this up-close and personal look at the situation these refugees face. It is not a simple problem, but God help all of us who live in our comfortable homes passing judgment on millions at a time in the name of political expediency. I don't pretend to have all the answers, but my heart breaks for them. The woman in the story who paid a smuggler to get her and her 4 children across the Mediterranean - she was nervous, but wasn't afraid of them dying because it would be better than their situation back home in Syria. Can we in our comfortable, safe neighborhoods even contemplate the difficulties these people have faced? Are we not all human? Don't we all love our families? Don't we all want to protect and provide for our children? Aren't we all children of God? Regardless of what policies we may find necessary for protection, if we don't speak and act with compassion when referring to these suffering families I believe we are simply blinding ourselves to the real problem. I fear we'll be held accountable by God for our lack of compassion and love. Let us speak with respect and love.

  • James E Tooele, UT
    Sept. 22, 2016 11:08 a.m.

    Words mean things. If they are escaping war and wish to go back when the war is over, they're refugees and should be cared for and then sent back. If they are escaping poverty and wish to remain here, they are immigrants and should go through the normal channels. This sneaky mass-migration two-step is swamping the cultures who are foolish enough to embrace it. Research for yourself the rise in all types of crimes where these cultures are clashing. And for the politicians it isn't about compassion, it's about demographics.

    And how long do you think this civil war in Syria would last if we stopped funding these so-called rebels? This crisis is Hillary's baby, her only real accomplishment is her entire career. The truth is Trump might not be ready to be president but Mrs. Clinton has already proven she's not.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Sept. 22, 2016 10:09 a.m.

    Mr. Trump's idea of a safe area in Syria sounds reasonable especially paid for by other Muslim nations. In the UK today it was said half of Muslims want Gay men jailed. Hmmm. Moreover in this nation 25% or more want Sharia law. The Muslim religion is not compatible with Western Civilization. It is millennium behind. ISIS is not "radical" Islam. It is orthodox Islam. Moderate Muslim nations do not practice all the holy scriptures of Islam preach.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Sept. 22, 2016 10:06 a.m.

    We do refugees and ourselves a great disservice to take them out of their home countries. The best thing would be to establish safe zones within their own country. When the conflict ends, their country will need them to help rebuild.

    By transplanting them here or elsewhere they will be separated from the country and people they love. In a foreign country they will struggle to assimilate and face barriers of language and culture for the rest of their lives.

    They will also be a tremendous burden on the host country which is likely already struggling with addressing poverty, homelessness, healthcare, unemployment, etc.

    This is not xenophobia, its rational, common-sense humanitarianism.

  • recommended magna, UT
    Sept. 22, 2016 9:14 a.m.

    Wait...what? Syrian refugees are more than poisonous Skittles?

    Sept. 22, 2016 8:27 a.m.

    Xenophobia: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign.

  • BelieveInAmerica St George, UT
    Sept. 22, 2016 7:30 a.m.

    Send them home where they can be together, and stop attacking me for wanting to keep my family safe from Islamic Terrorists.

  • Basictech Columbus, OH
    Sept. 22, 2016 6:10 a.m.

    Thank you to the current American admin that has help to destabalize regions that were otherwise stable. This is done by design, and the sooner the people wake up to the fact that all this suffering is intentional for a global crisis, and a global NWO, the better off we will all be. STOP THE WARS!!