Lord Roger Roberts on the humanitarian crisis in Syria

Lord Roger Roberts initiated a debate on the humanitarian crisis in Syria in the House of Lords this week. It was a very moving and passionate speech you can read here. https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2018-03-29a.948.1&s=speaker%3A13477#g949.0

He put human stories into the awful facts that 500,000 had been killed and 12 million displaced. He emphasised that we must allow Syria to come to its own solutions, but we must do what we can to facilitate this, and whilst we cannot see an end the situation quoted Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it is done”. He praised the terrific work done by civilians in doing what they could in the conflict, especially the “white helmets” who had saved nearly 100,000 lives, known of.

Baroness Shas Sheehan was moved to speak in an excellent and well informed speech, and she urged the Government to accelerate the rate we are settling Syrians under the UNHCR scheme to settle 20,000 refugees and look again at the numbers. She also spoke of the sharp rise in the number of children killed in the last year :

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2018-03-29a.948.1&s=speaker%3A25460#g966.0

There were many speeches supporting what Roger said in the debate, including Lib Dem Peers the Earl of Oxford & Asquith, and Lord Dykes.

In Roger’s speech he quoted part of Warsan Shire’s poem “Home”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI9D92Xiygo It is very well worth listening to. The written version is here https://www.facinghistory.org/standing-up-hatred-intolerance/warsan-shire-hom