More Than 11,000 Icelandic Citizens Just Did A Beautiful Thing For Syrian Refugees

The world can learn from their hospitality.

As the disastrous war rages on in Syria, countries from around the world have begun to offer a helping hand to those displaced by the fighting.

One of those countries, though, made a fairly meager offer this week. The Icelandic government gave a mere 50 Syrian refugees permission to enter their country of 330,000. 

So far, the war has displaced nearly four million Syrians.

In response, Icelandic author and professor Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir created a Facebook page, "Syria is Calling," to encourage Icelandic residents to open their doors to the men, women and children in desperate need of a home. 


Then something amazing happened.

Offers from ordinary Icelandic residents to house Syrian refugees came in by the thousands. In fact, more than 11,000 people have offered their homes to refugees, forcing the government to reconsider their previous quota. 

"I believe there is solidarity on that we should do more to respond to the problem, we just have to find out the best way to do it," Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said. "It has been our goal in international politics to be of help in as many areas as possible and this is one of the areas where the need is most right now."

Here is an example of the kind of things people are posting on the "Syria is Calling" page: 

I'm happy to look after children, take them to kindergarten, school and wherever they need. I can cook for people and show them friendship and warmth. I can pay the airfare for one small family. I can contribute with my expertise and assist pregnant women with pre-natal care.

It truly is an amazing thing to see a country and a people come together to help others they don't even know. If you're wondering how bad things really are in Syria... 

Check out this TIME report on the refugee crisis for more:


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