Franklin Graham Urges Action Now on Refugee Crisis
Franklin Graham is calling President Barack Obama to action to address the Syrian migrant crisis, saying the problem must be addressed quickly for the sake of the refugees and to stop ISIS from infiltrating the West.
Graham is the head of the humanitarian ministry called Samaritan's Purse. In an open letter to Obama, he cites his 40 years of experience in the field, including aid work with refugees and displaced people.
He offers some advice on steps that could be taken to help quell the unfolding manmade disaster.
"I would like to add my voice to those supporting the establishment of safe zones in Syria. This would allow Syrians fleeing from areas of conflict inside the country to find safety, food, medicine, and shelter, and stay within their borders, nearer their homes, until a political and military settlement has been reached," he writes on Facebook.
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Graham expresses deep concern for the refugees whose lives are at great risk and who are often exploited by human traffickers.
He contends the United States must join forces with allies in Europe and the Middle East to establish safe zones through the use of military force.
"Without action I believe this crisis will only escalate. Europe and the United States will be unable to handle the flood of people; and the long-term implications are great with the possibility of ISIS infiltrating the refugees and bringing their terrorist activities onto our shores," he says.
"I pray that God will give you His wisdom as your decisions will affect the lives of so many. God bless you," Graham concludes.
In another post on Facebook Wednesday, Graham calls on Christians to pray with compassion for the countless refugees fleeing for their lives.
"The Lord Jesus Christ sympathizes with these refugees--have you ever thought about the fact that He was a refugee? When Jesus was a baby his parents, Mary and Joseph, had to take him and flee to Egypt to escape the murderous ruler, King Herod," he points out.