Syrian Refugee Crisis

Why does news wait until it’s too late?

Matthew, Madi and I after the broadcast. Photo courtesy of James, our board operator and best person.

This week we sat down with Matthew Lawrence and Madilyn Jantz, two of a private sponsor group for Syrian families in Winnipeg, to talk about how the crisis has been covered in the West, and specifically why there’s so little coverage until too late. We touch on the photo of Alan Kurdi that sparked a huge response from people in the US and Canada, the crucial role of social media in people sharing their stories from Aleppo today, and the moral imperative of news media to let the world know when such tragedies are happening. It’s a painful and complex issue, but it’s important to take the time to consider what could be done differently in these situations.

Madi brought in an interview with a man who has family in Syria. The refugee crisis has been happening for over a year now, and the war that caused it has been happing for nearly 5 years. And things don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Recent coverage of events in Aleppo are incredibly tragic and hurt our hearts deeply. There was a prayer at Winnipeg Central Mosque that took place right after recording this. I would encourage anyone listening now to offer a prayer at least, and also look into ways of supporting refugees in your community, or supporting people fleeing Aleppo right now.

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