During Upper School class visits on Friday, many classes and interested faculty gathered with Lebanese and American delegates to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon. The growing conflict in Iraq and Syria has resulted in over a million refugees seeking asylum in Lebanon, a country with approximately 4 million residents.
Cayanne C., Ibrahim S., Raneem A., and Rhian D. shared personal stories of life in Lebanon, their views on ISIS, and what is needed to support the growing number of displaced people in the Middle East. All expressed frustration over the misrepresentation of the Muslim faith – Muslims and Christian Lebanese delegates alike.
“I don’t know any religion that advocates violence. I don’t know what they are thinking,” said Ibrahim S. of the actions of ISIS, regarding how the group operates with regard to civilians in Syria, Iraq and with international journalists and aid workers.
Students split into small groups after the initial presentation and question and answer session, focusing on more intimate discussion.
It was the second Global Discussions event this year, organized by Collegiate Senior Allie Douma.
Many students commented that they had never considered problems in the Middle East in such a personal way.