How for the United States to be a leader on taking in refugees

With the reports of refugee massacres in Ethiopia, Canada needs to speak up louder on the need for a cease-fire there. Exodus from the refugee camps into the countryside, paired with large-scale confiscation of…

How for the United States to be a leader on taking in refugees

With the reports of refugee massacres in Ethiopia, Canada needs to speak up louder on the need for a cease-fire there.

Exodus from the refugee camps into the countryside, paired with large-scale confiscation of food and other aid – as has recently occurred in Addis Ababa, claims activist Omar Zubeidi, who was profiled on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this week.

And on “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Ben White of CNN spoke with Dr. Stephen Brooke, a Johns Hopkins University international economist who has been involved in refugee resettlement for more than 20 years.

Harnessing the power of all voices could go a long way toward building a diplomatic agreement. It also would be in Canada’s best interest as they host thousands of Ethiopian refugees.

“It’s just human rights.” – Omar Zubeidi, activist.

Noah Shachtman, Executive Editor of Wired, is cautiously optimistic about Canada’s efforts in helping: “Canada is the key bilateral player right now, the other Europeans haven’t as yet, but the US and others could provide the impetus and the push for an overall diplomatic agreement and could follow up on it when it’s all said and done. The key thing for them is showing that they’re going to do this.”

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