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Taiwan should help Middle-East refugees: DPP chairwoman

Taiwan should help Middle-East refugees: DPP chairwoman

Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) urged the government Sunday to take a proactive role in the Middle East refugee crisis and do more to help those who have fled their war-torn homelands. "As a member of the international community, we should step forward and face this major international humanitarian crisis together. We should help with the rescue efforts and should not be absent," Tsai wrote in a post on her Facebook page. Taiwan has rich experience in international humanitarian assistance, Tsai added, urging the government to coordinate and mobilize public and private resources to help the refugees. "Facing such cruelty, we are not at our wit's end. We can work together and make a contribution," she wrote. In her Facebook post, Tsai mentioned the photo of a dead Syrian toddler on a beach that has captured international attention, saying that it highlights the cruelty of war. The four-year civil war in Syria has displaced more than 11 million people, 4 million of whom have become refugees, Tsai noted. "Behind these numbers are countless tears and tragedies," she said. As of October last year, the government has given over US$7 million-worth of relief supplies and other donations to help refugees in the Middle East. They include temporary housing units, medical equipment, lighting devices and food. Taiwanese charity groups such as World Vision Taiwan and the Tzu Chi Foundation, meanwhile, have also taken part in the relief efforts to help refugees from the Middle East. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-23 19:28 GMT+08:00