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Economist David McWilliams


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Give him a shovel and he might complete a ghost estate.

David McDreamy writes:

My daughter suggested that maybe a good thing would be to give the Syrians the tools to complete these houses that were half-built. This doesn’t sound preposterous. After all, Japanese women rebuilt much of urban Japan with rudimentary tools after the Second World War…

Let the homeless refugees breathe new life into our ghost estates (David McWilliams)

Earlier: A Spin Out Of Crisis

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 Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir

The Telegraph reports:

“Ten thousand Icelanders have offered to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes, as part of a Facebook campaign launched by a prominent author after the government said it would take in only a handful.”

“After the Icelandic government announced last month that it would only accept 50 humanitarian refugees from Syria, Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir encouraged fellow citizens to speak out in favour of those in need of asylum. In the space of 24 hours, 10,000 Icelanders – the country’s population is 300,000 – took to Facebook to offer up their homes and urge their government to do more.”

Fair play, in fairness.

10,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees after author’s call (The Telegraph)

Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir

Pic: Icelandic Academy of Arts

9037350490373512Doireann Gilna, left, and Ruchika Mathur from Oxfam Ireland

Last night.

The GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin

Mark writes:

Campaigners from Oxfam Ireland held a vigil of light last night  as part of the global #WithSyria event to show solidarity with Syrians and to mark this weekend as the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict, which has claimed more than 200,000 lives and seen 11 million people flee their homes.

The campaigners are calling on the international community to boost the humanitarian response, do more to prevent attacks on civilians and prioritise a political solution. Oxfam is providing emergency aid to nearly 1.5 million people in the region, including clean drinking water, cash and relief materials, such as blankets, stoves and hygiene supplies.

Oxfam Ireland

Syria: Four Years Of Mayhem (New York Times)

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)