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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

The plight of Syrian refugees is a blot on the human race

Our readers have their say on refugee camps, jobs in India and Saudi tourism

Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, which has a capacity for 2,000 but is overflowing with 6,000 people / Georgios Makkas for The National
Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, which has a capacity for 2,000 but is overflowing with 6,000 people / Georgios Makkas for The National

I write in reference to your heartrending editorial Refugee camps hold forgotten thousands (April 2): I hope global leaders like US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping read your editorial, which seems to have been written with the tears and blood of the refugees in Greece and not with normal ink.

How can we be so indifferent to the plight of Syrian refugees? How is this callousness any different to the blind eye which the world turned to the plight of the victims of the Nazis during the Second World War?

Leaders of various countries are elected by their voters to look after the interests of their people. So Mr Trump is right to focus on reserving local jobs for Americans and Mr Xi is justified in expanding the Chinese economy.

But how can all world leaders ignore the screams of innocent Syrian refugees who face starvation, disease, deprivation, molestation and even death?

There are some causes which trump trade, jobs or elections. The issue of how war-impacted refugees are treated by the world is a humanitarian one and the United Nations should take charge.

If the UN does not act immediately on this issue, the very purpose for its creation and the basis of its existence will be undermined.

Syrian refugees cannot just be left to die in this day and age. This is a serious blot on the entire human race, which history will not forget or condone.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Unemployment has beleaguered India for too long

I refer to the article India's jobs crisis: 25 million applicants for 90,000 vacancies (April 2): Samanth Subramanian's elaborate explanation of the current crisis of unemployment in India was meaningful and thought-provoking. Unemployment has plagued India for too long, no matter who was, or is, in power. Despite the fact that the current Narendra Modi-led government has created numerous policies to boost jobs growth, the number of unemployed continues to increase. Among the causes for this sad reality is the migration from rural to urban India. Another factor that defies all the strategising by governments is the growth of population. The crisis of unemployment will be mitigated somewhat if the government can figure out a way to slow down population growth.

K Ragavan, Bangalore

Book yourself on a Saudi road trip when tourist visas are introduced

I refer to your article Saudi Arabia says tourist visa rules ‘complete’ (April 1). At the moment, you don't have to wait if you have family to visit there and if you are feeling adventurous, you can drive all the way from the UAE to Jordan.

Mohammed Nawas, Abu Dhabi

Bahrainis deserve their bounty of black gold

In reference to your article Bahrain makes biggest oil discovery since 1932 (April 1), this is fantastic. The Bahrainis deserve such good news.

Angelika Lancsak, London

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