Syrian_Tragedy

Euromost Editorial

EUROPE’S SHAME

MANKIND WAKE UP COME TO YOUR SENSES
STOP BUILDING THOSE IMPOSING BARBED WIRE FENCES
FIRST OUT HELPLESS CHILDREN ARE CRYING
AND NOW AS WE TURN A BLIND EYE THEY ARE DYING……

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Three year old Aylan Kurdi (pictured)  his five year old brother Galip and mother drowned and their bodies were washed on a Turkish beach on September 2nd. Their father who survived had fled with his family from the war torn Syrian town of Kobani  en route for the Greek Island of Kos when the boat they were in capsized. The deaths of these innocent children though publicised were not the first and they are unlikely to be the last.

In the first six months of 2015  at least 2643 migrants have perished attempting to cross the  Mediterranean according to IOMS the  International Organisation for Migration. This figure is 73% of migrant deaths worldwide with most of those dying coming from the Middle East and North Africa. This present situation is not a bolt out of the blue it has been developing over the last five years.

The European Union where the majority of these migrants seek economic political or religious security are yet to define a policy to deal with the situation. Individual countries particularly Germany and Sweden have shown great humanity with Germany expecting to take 800,000 this year alone. These countries alone cannot deal with situation. Similar comments could made about Greece and Italy who’s finances are not in abundance..  Meanwhile Cameron’s Britain has taken a mere 216 so far this year.

The Hungarian stance on preventing migrants (who they don’t want) from moving on to other EU countries on grounds of EU migration policy is bizarre.  The British decision to provide more funding to Syrian refugee camps will do nothing for the homeless migrants in mainland Europe. UK aid limited to selected Syrians may be wrapped in humanitarian speak to impress those who can be fooled but in reality it is designed to stem the flow of migrants trying to enter Britain from France which it won’t.

The pre-occupation that many European governments have on how they should respond to the present crisis seems to centre around whether these migrants are political / religious refugees or economic migrants. Does it make any difference – would the body of three year old Avian not ended up on the beach what ever his parents reasons for leaving Kobani. ?

There is an increasing school of thought that if the European Union cannot respond collectively to the worst migration crisis since World War Two it has failed to honour one of it’s founding objectives. We might also ask what help the United Nations are providing as well ?  If the Russian President Vladimir Putin showed the statesman qualities he harbours inside the Kremlin and withdrew his county’s military support for the Assad Regime in Syria the situation would be simplified but that’s not going to happen.

Whilst nationalists, the governing institutions and the players within them pontificate about what they can do without damaging their political standing more innocent children and adults will die. Surely Mama Merkel cannot be the only leader who has the courage of her convictions ? danke Angela

Rest in peace Avian
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