What Syrian Refugees Offer the West
Having Ignored Syria's Plight for so Long, Europe Has One Last Opportunity to Care
She came from a safe city, at least by Syrian standards. Tartus is a government stronghold and home to a Russian naval base. Unlike in Aleppo, Homs, and Idlib, the regime hadn’t dropped barrel bombs; rebel shelling was rare. But as the years wore on, Syria’s war came closer, and 28-year-old Rawia’s life was filled with fear and uncertainty. When would she next eat? Would pro-regime gangs on the street decide she looked suspect?
One day not long ago, Rawia became one of the millions of Syrians who decided it …