Iceland occupants took upon themselves to help out the Syrian refugees by letting them into their homes even though the government said no, and that it was only going to accept 50 refugees this year.
Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson was moved from a Facebook event that was created to make awareness of this issue to the general public to bring it to the governments attention.
The event page created by Icelandic author and professor Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir turned out to be a message board where Icelanders could post what resources they could share.
“I’m a single mother with a 6-year-old son,” wrote Hekla Stefansdottir. “We can take a child in need. I’m a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read and write Icelandic and adjust to Icelandic society. We have clothes, a bed, toys and everything a child needs. I would of course pay for the airplane ticket.”
With this becoming viral and such huge response the Prime Minister decided to create a committee of ministers to determine the best approach to this delima of letting in refugees or not into their land of 330,000 residents.
“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,” he told Icelandic news site RUV.
13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance. Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school. Since the Syrian civil war began, 320,000 people have been killed, including nearly 12,000 children.