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Don’t allow Syrian refugees into Jamaica

Published:Saturday | November 21, 2015 | 11:01 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

While the jihadists wreak havoc and misery in Africa and Europe, especially Islamic State and Boko Haram, a refugee crisis has developed in the world. We in Jamaica should not think that the repercussions cannot be felt in Jamaica. We can never let our security down by believing that because we are geographically disconnected from the Middle East, or we are not part of the West, we are immune.

It is in this regard that I propose that our beloved island culture be maintained by our Government. We must not and should not open our doors to Syrian refugees. In this crisis, countries of the same ethnic profile have failed to take in these refugees, so why should a small, open economy and crime-ridden country as ours.

Saudi Arabia, with all its oil revenue, Kuwait , Dubai , Qatar, Abu Dabi, Sharjah, and Bahrain, with all their oil and natural gas wealth, have not taken any Syrian refugees. Nor have South Asian Muslim countries such as Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia. Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are doing very little to help their Muslim brothers. Yes, there may be Christian Syrians, too, but the probability of that is so low.

Black people always empathise with others in grave need, but this time, the risk is too much. History has proven that we open up our doors to others, and as they developed their cliques and tribes, they stabbed us in our backs.

Let us not fall into this trap and create more problems for our people. I implore the Government not to make the foolish move and allow entry of people we have very little or no information on.

MAURICE CHRISTIE

Aboukir, St Ann