The Ordinary

In the article catastrophe, the author, Cristiana Giordano, highlights the downsides of declaring the migrant crisis an emergency. While this addresses pressing mainstream ideas, it often ignores larger underlying problems such as what happens after refugees safely make it into a new country. The short video, “My Escape From Syria” sheds light on the author’s point. The video follows the journey of two Syrian refugees as they make their way to Germany. It is a filmed in a documentary style. The video shows the dangers and risks associated with fleeing Syria. One of the messages that became very clear after watching the documentary was the uncertainty and fear that surrounded the trip. While the video is an excellent source of information and education on the refugee crisis and push factors to emigration, it does not cover the aftermath of the journey at all. Giordano makes a valid point when she brings up the lack of awareness in the “ordinary” hardships of refugees following their arrival. Even the Syrian refugees themselves do not cover their next steps in the documentary following their arrival in Germany. As Naaem says, coming to Germany was his dream. Every step was taken towards reaching a new country. But beyond this, there is overwhelming uncertainty. While deeming the refugee crisis an emergency has undeniable benefits for humanitarian relief, it is important to acknowledge other aspects of the problem. Perhaps finding insurance or a job or learning a language is not as immediately pressing as the rickety boats and danger of drowning at sea as shown in the video. However, it is the ordinary factors that will persist and ultimately affect one’s quality of life for the long term.