Global Community Must Rethink Response To Refugee Crisis
New York Times: Bono: Time to Think Bigger About the Refugee Crisis
Bono, lead singer of the band U2 and a founder of the advocacy group ONE and its division (RED)
“…[W]e have a chance to reimagine [the reality experienced by refugees] — and reinvent our relationship with the people and countries consumed now by conflict, or hosting those who have fled it. That needs to start … by parting with a couple of wrong ideas about the refugee crisis. One is that the Syrian refugees are concentrated in camps. … Another fallacy is that the crisis is temporary. … The United States and other developed nations have a chance to act smarter, think bigger, and move faster in addressing this crisis and preventing the next one. … I keep hearing calls from a real gathering of forces — Africans and Europeans, army generals, and World Bank and International Monetary Fund officials — to emulate that most genius of American ideas, the Marshall Plan. That plan delivered trade and development in service of security — in places where institutions were broken and hope had been lost. Well, hope is not lost in the Middle East and North Africa, not yet, not even where it’s held together by string. But hope is getting impatient. We should be, too.” (4/12).