By: Jessica Bennett
What is the Syrian Refugee crisis?
12 million citizens of Syria are fleeing their country due to civil war. The country’s infrastructure and economy is destroyed and its citizens are in need of a better future. Children have experienced violence and brutality that will create lifelong psychological damage, while being recruited as soldiers from a young age. Basic living necessities have been depleted and communities are in need of clean water, sanitation facilities, food, employment options and education. Syria's children are in desperate need of nurturing care, and fleeing the country is their best chance to lead safer, healthier, comfortable lives.
Who is helping?
Charities like World Vision are lending a helping hand by providing food, health assistance, hygiene support, baby care kits, clean water, shelter repair kits, and winterization supplies.
Some refugees have already fled Syria and are living in Turkey (1.9 million), Iraq (25,000), Lebanon (1.1 million), and multiple camps in Jordan (over 100,000). These camps (Za’atari and Azraq) include water and sanitation systems and function as temporary support for Syrians without a place to live.
With her video for "Borders," MIA has vocalized her concerns on the crisis:
In crisis situations, who other than MIA would come out with such a politically-charged single?
Her song questions society’s agendas, freedom rights and privileges, functioning as a rebellion against the new world. Specifically, MIA gives her two cents on today's refugee crisis. The video is an array of images capturing attempts to escape barracked fences, while refugees leave their homeland in boats, but with excessive amounts of humans in need of a place to go. MIA’s father was a refugee, and this issue is clearly near and dear to her heart.
This video speaks to rebelling against the system, while representing an underground movement against the mainstream. This comes through in lyrics such as, “We’re representing peeps, they don’t play us on the FM. We are talking in our sleep, they still listen on the system.”
This refers to MIA's view that while mainstream media may not be a fan of rebellion attacks against their system, they still listen and words are powerful enough to influence change.
MIA’s timing and release of her "Borders" video was outstanding. She could have not chosen a better time than now, and it will surely become an instant topic of discussion. Everyone has their opinion on the refugee crisis, and as MIA says, “We are for it, they deserve a home." Hopefully this video will empower individuals to get involved and do their part.