Syrians ready to face bombs in Ukraine to enter EU

Dozens of Syrians suffering from 11 years of armed conflict have said that they are ready to leave for Ukraine under attack from Russia, hoping to enter the EU as refugees. ANSA spoke to numerous Syrians in Damascus and other cities controlled by the central government.

Risking death about Russian bombs in Ukraine is better than awaiting “slow death” in one’s home country: Syria, wracked by a conflict without end and rampant poverty. This is the choice being made by dozens of Syrians in Damascus and other cities of the country destroyed by eleven years of war while watching the escape of almost two million people from Ukraine as the Russian offensive against it continues.

The UN estimates that 90% of the Syrian population is living in poverty and the local currency is plunging ever lower. In eleven years of war, some 12 million Syrians have been left homeless: half of whom fled abroad, mostly trapped in countries neighbouring Syria.

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