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URL: http://on.wsj.com/1QbNzKa  Details emerge about 3-year-old from Syria who died off Turkish coast Photos of Aylan Kurdi, a 3-year-old who drowned as his family tried to flee from Kobani to Europe, spread around the world this week. What's the story behind the tragedy? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer  CONTINUE READING....

ALSO: Canada's Top Google Search --'How to sponsor a Syrian?'


Residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria on Jan. 31, 2014. (UNRWA via AP, File)
The technology company tracked the top five search terms relating to the Syrian refugee crisis from Sept 2. at 9 a.m. to Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. Here are the most popular queries and our attempts to answer them.
1. How to sponsor a Syrian refugee in Canada? According to the government of Canada website, "a number of organizations have signed sponsorship agreements with the Government of Canada to help support refugees from abroad when they resettle in Canada. These organizations are known as sponsorship agreement holders. They can sponsor refugees themselves or work with others in the community to sponsor refugees." 2. How to help Syrian refugees? There are numerous organizations operating in Canada providing support to Syrian refugees. CBC News has compiled a list of some of the most prominent groups. 3. Why is there a refugee crisis? Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since March of 2011. The unrest began within the context of Arab Spring protests and large demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's government. 4. How much does a refugee cost Canada? "It's an unanswerable question," said Audrey Macklin, Professor and Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Toronto. "How much does a Canadian cost the government?" READ MORE...

ALSO Cheney: Obama to blame for Syrian refugee crisis


Getty Images: OBAMA AND CHENEY -
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday that President Obama is responsible for the flood of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.
“Today there is a crisis of major proportions in Syria,” Cheney told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”  “They’re all heading for Europe and it is a terrible tragedy,” he said. “I think that what’s happened is that he has created a huge vacuum,” Cheney added of Obama’s actions in the Middle East. “I think when the U.S. played a major role in the region, it would have been much easier to manage this situation.”  Europe is currently wrestling with a deluge of refugees from Syria overwhelming its borders and resources. Cheney argued on Sunday that Obama helped spark the humanitarian crisis by not taking a stronger role in Syria’s civil war. “He has always dealt from a position of weakness,” he said of Obama. “He never had a military option on the table,” Cheney said of the president’s rhetoric towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “He’s talked about it repeatedly, but no one has ever believed him,” Cheney added. Assad’s regime has struggled to keep power since first clashing with rebels in Syria in 2011. READ MORE...

ALSO: FACEBOOK AND AMAZON USERS ARE HELPING MIGRANTS GET EVERYTHING FROM CLEAN UNDERWEAR TO A PLACE TO LIVE.


The European refugee crisis is reaching a fever pitch this week, with train stations
flooded by migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia.
In response, citizens are going beyond charitable donations and are turning to social media and other novel tech methods to assist those in need. Interestingly, many of these projects actually leverage e-commerce in ways designed to help the refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and elsewhere. In Germany, a new project called Refugees Welcome offers a sort of Airbnb for migrants, which connects refugees with vacant rooms in apartments. According to the site’s manifesto, "We are convinced that refugees should not be stigmatized and excluded by being housed in mass accommodations. Instead, we should offer them a warm welcome."  At the moment, the service works in Germany and Austria and reportedly has more than 400 applications in its queue. Citizens also organized an Amazon wish list for refugees in Calais outside the train tunnel to England, and in Greece as well. On the Amazon page, well-wishers can buy toothpaste, ramen noodles, underwear, and other essentials for the migrants. READ MORE...


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Image of Drowned Syrian Boy Echoes Around World


PHOTO: (Left) Aylan Kurdi a boy with a smile always on his face; (Middle) his washed-out body in the beach; (Right) a para-military found his lifeless body.

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015  (WALL STREET JOURNAL) By JOE PARKINSON in Istanbul and DAVID GEORGE-COSH in Toronto Updated Sept. 3, 2015 7:28 p.m. ET - His name was Aylan. He was 3 years old, from war-torn Syria.

His final journey was supposed to end in sanctuary in Europe; instead it claimed his life and highlighted the plight of desperate people caught in the gravest refugee crisis since World War II.

The images of the toddler’s lifeless body on a Turkish beach have reverberated across the globe, stirring public outrage and embarrassing political leaders as far away as Canada, where authorities had rejected an asylum application from the boy’s relatives.


NOW FEAR IN BOY'S FACE: A Syrian boy is hugged by his mother moments after they arrived at a beach on the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean sea from Turkey.

The child pictured facedown in red T-shirt and shorts was identified as Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian Kurd from Kobani, a town near the Turkish border that has witnessed months of heavy fighting between Islamic State and Syrian Kurdish forces.

He drowned after the 15-foot boat ferrying him from the Turkish beach resort of Bodrum to the Greek island of Kos capsized shortly before dawn on Wednesday, killing 12 passengers. Aylan’s 5-year-old brother, Galip, and his mother, Rehan, were also among the dead. His father, Abdullah, was the only family member to survive.


Photo Goes Viral Front pages of European newspaper front pages for Sept. 3 showing the drowing of a Turkish migrant. Clockwise from top, left: El Pais, Trouw, The Guardian, La Stampa, De Morgen, The Times.

On Thursday, a distraught Mr. Abdullah Kurdi, 40, told reporters he was preparing to take the bodies back to Kobani for burial and would stay there.

“From now on, I will live (in Kobani) too. I want to be buried with my family,” he said outside the morgue in the nearby town of Mugla.

Mr. Kurdi brought his family to Turkey three years ago after fleeing fighting first in Damascus, where he worked as a barber, then in Aleppo, then Kobani. His Facebook page shows pictures of the family in Istanbul crossing the Bosporus and feeding pigeons next to the famous Yeni Cami, or new mosque.

From his hospital bed on Wednesday, Mr. Kurdi told a Syrian radio station that he had worked on construction sites for 50 Turkish lira (roughly $17) a day, but it wasn’t enough to live on. He said they depended on his sister, Tima Kurdi, who lived in Canada, for help paying the rent.

Ms. Kurdi, speaking Thursday in a Vancouver suburb, said that their father, still in Syria, had suggested Abdullah go to Europe to get his damaged teeth fixed and find a way to help his family leave Turkey. She said she began wiring her brother money three weeks ago, in €1,000 ($1,100) amounts, to help pay for the trip.

Shortly after, she said her brother called her and said he wanted to bring his whole family to Europe, as his wife wasn’t able to support their two boys alone in Istanbul.


FROM HOSPITA;: THE FATHER, ABDULLAH KURDI

The father of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach, spoke with reporters after harrowing images of his dead son were published across the globe.

“If we go, we go all of us,” Ms. Kurdi recounted him telling her. She said she spoke to his wife last week, who told her she was scared of the water and couldn’t swim.

“I said to her, ‘I cannot push you to go. If you don’t want to go, don’t go,’” she said. “But I guess they all decided they wanted to do it all together.”

At the morgue, Mr. Kurdi described what happened after they set off from the deserted beach, under cover of darkness.

“We went into the sea for four minutes and then the captain saw that the waves are so high, so he steered the boat and we were hit immediately. He panicked and dived into the sea and fled. I took over and started steering, the waves were so high the boat flipped. I took my wife in my arms and I realized they were all dead.”

Mr. Kurdi gave different accounts of what happened next. In one interview, he said he swam ashore and walked to the hospital. In another, he said he was rescued by the coast guard.


Refugees in a rubber dinghy arriving on the beach. Expectations are growing that Britain may open its doors to more Syrian refugees, after Prime Minister David Cameron said that the UK's response was "under review".

READ: Hungary Says Crisis Is Germany’s Problem

“My kids were the most beautiful children in the world,” he said outside the morgue.

“They woke me up every morning to play with them. They are all gone now. Now all I want to do is sit next to the grave of my wife and children.”

In Canada, Ms. Kurdi said her brother had sent her a text message around 3 a.m. Turkish time Wednesday confirming they had set off. The next time she spoke to him, he was in shock, telling her how he fought vainly to keep his two boys alive in the water, one tucked under each arm.

“They screamed ‘Daddy, please don’t die,” she said he told her. One by one, as he realized they were dead, he closed his eyes and let go, she said.

“He said, ‘I did everything in my power to save them, but I couldn’t,’” she said. “My brother said to me, ‘My kids have to be the wake-up call for the whole world.’”

SOCIAL REACTIONS

Mr. Kurdi said he had paid smugglers some €4,000 for safe passage to Greece. Turkish news agencies reported Thursday that police had detained four Syrians suspected of involvement in arranging the boat.

Across the world, news organizations published a variety of iterations of the image of the boy, with many expressing editorial outrage at the perceived inaction of developed nations to help refugees.

The focus of Canada’s national election campaign shifted Thursday to the country’s response to the migrant crisis, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper defending his government’s track record on refugee issues and pledging to do more.

Canadian media had cited Ms. Kurdi in Wednesday reports saying Aylan’s family had applied to immigrate to Canada, but she said on Thursday that the application was for another brother, Mohammad. That application was rejected because “it did not meet regulatory requirements for proof of refugee status recognition,” Canada’s immigration department said.


EARLIER: SO HOPEFULLY, PEACEFUL THO POSSIBLY CONFUSED AND SCARED. This Syrian boy is shown here sleeping hours before he drowned.

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 7, 2015  (WALL STREET JOURNAL) By JOE PARKINSON in Istanbul and DAVID GEORGE-COSH in Toronto Updated Sept. 3, 2015 7:28 p.m. ET - His name was Aylan. He was 3 years old, from war-torn Syria.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey—which has taken 1.7 million of Syria’s estimated 4 million refugees—castigated Europe for what he said was its failure to address the migration wave and the conflicts behind it.

He accused the European Union of bickering over distribution of immigrants while much poorer nations like Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon take in millions of refugees from Syria, Iraq and beyond.

“The European nations that have turned the Mediterranean into a grave for immigrants share the sin for each immigrant’s death,” Mr. Erdogan said. “It is not only immigrants who are drowning in the Mediterranean, it is also our humanity.”


Aylan, (left) with his brother Galip, excited to be in a boat, jumped and laughed as the misty water splashed all over his innocent face.

In the U.K., where the government is facing mounting calls to offer more asylum spots for refugees, an online petition urging Prime Minister David Cameron to accept more asylum seekers surged to more than 300,000 signatures from 40,000 a day earlier.

Mr. Cameron said he was “deeply moved” by the photos of the deaths and pledged to fulfill Britain’s “moral responsibility.” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the images showed the need for urgent action by Europe.

Morning television shows across Europe were already comparing the image’s power to Nick Ut’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1972 photograph of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl running naked, suffering agonizing burns from a napalm attack.

Nilufer Demir, the photographer from Turkey’s Dogan News Agency who captured the pictures of Aylan on the beach, said her “blood froze” when she saw the body.

“The only thing I could do was to make his scream heard,” said Ms. Demir, who has been photographing immigration since 2003. “I hope something changes after today.”

—Karen Leigh in Dubai and Emre Peker in Ankara contributed to this article.

Write to Joe Parkinson at joe.parkinson@wsj.com and David George-Cosh at david.george-cosh@wsj.com

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'How to sponsor a Syrian?' is Canada's top Google query on refugees Company tracked top searches between Sept. 2 and Sept. 3. By Mike MacDonald, CBC News Posted: Sep 04, 2015 12:13 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 04, 2015 12:30 PM ET


Residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria on Jan. 31, 2014. (UNRWA via AP, File)

The technology company tracked the top five search terms relating to the Syrian refugee crisis from Sept 2. at 9 a.m. to Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. Here are the most popular queries and our attempts to answer them.

1. How to sponsor a Syrian refugee in Canada?

According to the government of Canada website, "a number of organizations have signed sponsorship agreements with the Government of Canada to help support refugees from abroad when they resettle in Canada. These organizations are known as sponsorship agreement holders. They can sponsor refugees themselves or work with others in the community to sponsor refugees."

2. How to help Syrian refugees?

There are numerous organizations operating in Canada providing support to Syrian refugees. CBC News has compiled a list of some of the most prominent groups.

3. Why is there a refugee crisis?

Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since March of 2011. The unrest began within the context of Arab Spring protests and large demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

4. How much does a refugee cost Canada?

"It's an unanswerable question," said Audrey Macklin, Professor and Chair in Human Rights Law at the University of Toronto. "How much does a Canadian cost the government?"

READ MORE...

According to the Canadian Council for Refugees, "refugee claimants and refugees recognized by the Immigration and Refugee Board receive no special income assistance. They may, depending on provincial regulations, be entitled, like other residents, to social assistance."

5. What is a refugee?

According to UNHCR website, the term "refugee" applies to any person who "owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it."


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September 06, 2015, 09:52 am By Mark Hensch 2230 48

Cheney: Obama to blame for Syrian refugee crisis


Getty Images: OBAMA AND CHENEY

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday that President Obama is responsible for the flood of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

“Today there is a crisis of major proportions in Syria,” Cheney told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

“They’re all heading for Europe and it is a terrible tragedy,” he said. “I think that what’s happened is that he has created a huge vacuum,” Cheney added of Obama’s actions in the Middle East. “I think when the U.S. played a major role in the region, it would have been much easier to manage this situation.”

Europe is currently wrestling with a deluge of refugees from Syria overwhelming its borders and resources.

Cheney argued on Sunday that Obama helped spark the humanitarian crisis by not taking a stronger role in Syria’s civil war.

“He has always dealt from a position of weakness,” he said of Obama.

“He never had a military option on the table,” Cheney said of the president’s rhetoric towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“He’s talked about it repeatedly, but no one has ever believed him,” Cheney added.

Assad’s regime has struggled to keep power since first clashing with rebels in Syria in 2011.

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The resulting civil war has forced millions of Syrians to seek safer refuge overseas, taxing nations unprepared for their presence.

Further complicating the issue is the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) within Syria’s borders.

The terrorist group’s quest for a global caliphate has raised concerns that the tide of Syrian refugees may also increase the risk of extremist violence.

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FACEBOOK AND AMAZON USERS ARE HELPING MIGRANTS GET EVERYTHING FROM CLEAN UNDERWEAR TO A PLACE TO LIVE. BY NEAL UNGERLEIDER

The European refugee crisis is reaching a fever pitch this week, with train stations flooded by migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia.

In response, citizens are going beyond charitable donations and are turning to social media and other novel tech methods to assist those in need.

Interestingly, many of these projects actually leverage e-commerce in ways designed to help the refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and elsewhere.

In Germany, a new project called Refugees Welcome offers a sort of Airbnb for migrants, which connects refugees with vacant rooms in apartments.

According to the site’s manifesto, "We are convinced that refugees should not be stigmatized and excluded by being housed in mass accommodations. Instead, we should offer them a warm welcome."

At the moment, the service works in Germany and Austria and reportedly has more than 400 applications in its queue.

Citizens also organized an Amazon wish list for refugees in Calais outside the train tunnel to England, and in Greece as well.

On the Amazon page, well-wishers can buy toothpaste, ramen noodles, underwear, and other essentials for the migrants.

READ MORE...

Facebook groups, such as this one for Syrians in Denmark play an important role in organizing legal, settled diasporas overseas to help refugees from their country of origin as well.

Other Facebook groups are causing large-scale change in conditions for the migrants: An Icelandic page called Syria is Calling has connected more than 900 refugees expected to arrive in the country with host families as of press time.

According to the BBC, the number of migrants at the European Community’s borders reached a record high of 107,500 this summer. In one week alone, 21,000 migrants arrived in Greece, a country that is going through an economic crisis of its own.

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Neal Ungerleider is a reporter for Fast Company covering the intersection of future technology and everyday life.


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