As the Syrian civil war and the forces of President Bashar Al-Assad continue to take the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrian mothers and fathers, charities and orphanages in Turkey are doing the best they can to provide children whose parents have been killed with new lives and listening ears for the horror stories those children have to tell.
As a telling example of the brutality displayed by government soldiers during the country's four-year civil conflict, the director of one Turkish charity explained in an interview with the Daily Mail that his organization is providing housing to one family of children whom Syrian government soldiers forced to witness their own father being doused in gasoline and burned alive.
Abdul Al Kader is the director of the Khatayn charity in the Turkish town of Reyhanli, an organization that looks after 70 Syrian children in Reyhanli, rents homes for family groups, and gives $50 a week to the guardians of 30,000 orphans inside Syria. more >>
As the United States prepares to grant thousands of Syrian refugees asylum in the next fiscal year, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson warned over the weekend that the United States shouldn't allow any refugees into the country until a stricter refugee screening process has been implemented.
While appearing on ABC's "This Week," Carson was asked to explain how he would handle the current Syrian refugee situation, which the U.S. government announced last week that it will prepare take in up to 10,000 Syrian asylum seekers in the fiscal year 2016.
The retired neurosurgeon explained that the United States should create more thorough screening procedures to ensure that asylum seekers being let into the country don't turn out to be radical extremists like the the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who immigrated to the United States as refugees from Kyrgyzstan and then carried out the 2013 bombing that killed six and injured 280. more >>
A conference of human rights activists who focus on Christian persecution in the Middle East has called upon Congress to pass a resolution declaring recent actions committed by the Islamic State "genocide."
As part of the annual conference, members of the group In Defense of Christians lobbied elected officials on Capitol Hill to pass Concurrent Resolution 75, which was introduced last week.
Sponsored by Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, H. Con. Res. 75 calls upon Congress to label recent acts of intolerance against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East as "crimes against humanity" and "genocide." more >>
Coptic Christian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris has said that he's seeking to buy an island from either Greece or Turkey and use it to help thousands of refugees fleeing the Middle East. Sawiris said he'll name the island after Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy whose picture lying face-down on a beach was shared around the world.
"I actually must admit, it's the picture of Aylan that woke me up," Sawiris told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview Sunday.
"It was a very touching picture. In addition to that, the way these pictures were coming out of Hungary, the way these refugees were being treated by the authorities there, and being, you know, beaten and put into the trains and buses, I mean it was just too much." more >>
Radio host and television personality Glenn Beck has said that American Christians must do more to help suffering refugees, particularly Christians who are being persecuted and targeted by terrorism, warning that otherwise the Statue of Liberty "means nothing anymore."
"We're having to bring those people out and send them to different countries because the Statue of Liberty means nothing anymore," Beck said at The Crossing Church in Tampa, Florida, as reported by The Blaze on Sunday.
"Tell me about the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. Tell me about the tempest-tossed if it's not those Christians now. And we've closed our doors. We will transplant entire Muslim Somali communities, and we'll pick up the entire community and plant it in Minneapolis-St. Paul. But we will not take the Christians that are being beheaded, that are being slaughtered, that are being enslaved. We're turning our back on those people." more >>
Robert Ford, former American ambassador to Syria, said Sunday that it is the brutality of Syria's embattled leader Bashar al-Assad, and not the Islamic State terror group, that has forced about 4 million Syrians to flee their homeland.
"You have to deal with the Assad problem. The administration's focus in Syria, however, is not on the Assad brutality," Ford said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It is on the Islamic State, and while that is a big problem, it is not going to fix the refugee problem."
NBC Host Chuck Todd then asked the former diplomat whether he thought the Obama administration's focus is wrong. "Our focus should be on regime change with Assad first, then focus on ISIS?" Todd asked. more >>