Human dignity emphasizes that humans are created in the likeness of God and therefore their dignity must be maintained by all means possible. The world is expected to come together in solving global problems but it has failed. Contrary to this, the responsibilities in addressing these problems are not shared .One of the unaddressed global problem that I will discuss is the refugee crisis.(Sterba, 2017)
Critiques on How the World (Globe) Has Failed To Unite In Solving Refugees Problem
The first critique on how the world has failed to demonstrate a shared responsibility on addressing refugee crisis is the failure to address political instabilities across the globe. So many countries of the world fight hard for themselves to restore political stability without the help of the rest of the world. If political instabilities persist, it may end up forcing people to run out of their countries hence leads to emergence of refugees. Therefore, if a country is not helped to get out of political crisis and instabilities, it will end up in global problems –refugees’ problem. (Mooney, Knox & Schacht, 2014)
The second failure by the globe in addressing refugees problems is lack of preparedness .Apart from the international bodies e.g. UN ,the world has not clearly defined ways on how refugees problems can be addressed .Instead, it reacts to this problem whenever emerges instead of preparing in advance. Therefore, by the time the rest of the world comes to assist the affected country, the refugees will have already suffered and subjected to conditions that lowers their dignity as human beings. These conditions are against the CST principles. (Tuffin, 2013)
Thirdly, the failure of the globe to address refugees’ problems has been manifested in how the refugees are handled and provided for. The world should have set ways in which the refugees are catered for in terms of security and basic needs provision. Refugees all over the world are usually subjected to harsh insecure environment. Some even lack basic needs such as clothing, shelter and food. (Ranalli, 2013)
My views on how refugees’ problems can be handled.
Quick response to political instability; Political instability being one of the cause of refugee crisis that the world has failed to address, I propose that the globe should come up with techniques and diplomatic ways to solve political unrest whenever a country experiences it instead of waiting to react to the end results e.g. deaths, displacement of people, economic depression and refugees emergence. As much as political instability cuts across all the continents of the world, the most affected one is Africa due to much political dictatorship and powers. (Leon-Guerrero, 2011)
Planning and preparing for refugees emergence .It is a common global trend to react to this problem instead of preparing for it. The international bodies concerned with refugees should prepare in advance by setting apart both financial and human resources that may be needed in helping refugees. These bodies should clearly share responsibilities on contribution of funds that will be used to cater for shelter, food and clothes provision for the refugees. Human resource e.g. counselors, doctors, nutritionists and other medics should be identified in advance to ease the operations whenever refugees’ crisis arises. (Perry, 2014)
Thirdly, all international reforms concerning refugees must favor or address all the problems of all countries and not the most powerful only .It is clear that most reforms have been developed in favor of the most powerful few countries. This locks out the less developed and the developing countries especially in terms of financial support. Whenever a developing country faces refugees’ crisis, it lacks enough finances to help cater for refugees in the country. This situation subjects humanity to low living standards beyond the required level of human dignity as proposed by the CST. Therefore, all circumstances in all states must be put into consideration when coming up with international reforms. (Perry, 2014)
Change from state or national refugees’ administration to international administration. I propose that organizations like UNHCR should create quotas that go beyond the powers to distribute and allocate funds basing on local values and norms and start doing so basing on a common international system on dealing with refugees. This strategy will therefore increase the mobility of funds hence making it reliable and accessible to all in need of help. The mobility of funds will also ensure that there is a genuine and fair allocation of funds used to address the refugee problems. Therefore, refugees’ problems should be perceived from an international level because it is a global problem that cuts across all the countries. (Is It Time to Reform Social Security?, 2010)
The fifth approach to solving refugee problems for a common good is the use of the religious institutions especially the catholic principles of care for God’s creation and human dignity. Religious beliefs differ but most of them have something in common-believe in a supreme being and its creation. Religious institutions should therefore help in promoting human dignity of the refugees e.g. by taking part in the making of international policies and laws that deal with the refugees. Religions must also preach peace in the global and by all means condemn any unrest that may lead to political differences and instabilities that in turn leads to emergence of refugees.
Diversification of sources of funds .Just like other problems, refugees funds allocation is still limited .In my opinion, since this problem is a global issue, more funds should be sourced to help the less developed states of the world deal with refugee crisis .Most countries in the world especially the less developed ones face financial constraints in dealing with refugees in their countries. This limits their abilities in meeting the required standards in providing people with a dignified life. Therefore, the international bodies in charge of refugees should expand their sources of funds or should allocate a better amount of funds to cater for refugees in the world. There should be a rational balance in the allocation of funds for other rare phenomena and allocation of funds to cater for refugees which is a frequently occurring phenomenon. (Leon-Guerrero, 2011)
The last proposed technique is the call on more and more volunteers who will help in solving refugees’ problems. There is lack of shared responsibility worldwide since people are reluctant to volunteer in helping the refugees. A problem shared is a problem solved. One should not relax because he or she is not affected. You might be the next victim and therefore individuals, organizations should volunteer be it in human resource, offering homes for the refugees and also contributing their financial support to help the refugees settle down. This call cuts across races, nations, religions and political affiliations. People should overlook some differences and solely aim at saving humanity.
There has been a witnessed lack of shared responsibilities for common good in solving refugees’ problem because of the above reasons. Unless the world accepts that a problem in one region will shift to the next region, people will forever be reluctant and less concerned in helping one another globally solve their issues. Therefore, it is upon the concerned institution and organizations at the global level to sensitize the whole world to make it appreciate that refugees crisis is not only a continental problem but a global problem. Universal policies also must be created to help in addressing refugees’ crisis in a better way.
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