Aren’t We Better Than This?

15482464Courtesy of The Guardian:

The full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy – one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach the Greek island of Kos – encapsulated the extraordinary risks refugees are taking to reach the west.

The picture, taken on Wednesday morning, depicted the dark-haired toddler, wearing a bright-red T-shirt and shorts, washed up on a beach, lying face down in the surf not far from Turkey’s fashionable resort town of Bodrum.

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8 Responses to Aren’t We Better Than This?

  1. Pearl says:

    I’m completely heartbroken. Have been for weeks over the poor refugees who are running away from getting murdered and who are being treated like they’re the plague.

  2. irishgirl999 says:

    I cried tonight when I saw this.

  3. MrsGunka says:

    I’m crying, but hope this is seen by the ones causing this insanity. War just doesn’t kill soldiers.

  4. 40Watt says:

    It’s devastating. Last week I saw an article from Hungary in which police were trying to beat the refugees back. The reporter wrote that all his fellow journalists were crying.

    We, in the US, have not covered ourselves with glory in terms of bringing refugees here. As of July, of 4 Million Syrian Refugees, the U.S. had accepted fewer than 1,000. Hopefully, this is to change.

    Anne Richard, U.S. assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, says the U.S. has received 12,000 referrals from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and she expects the number of those admitted to rise dramatically in the coming months and years.

    “That’s very rapidly going to change,” Richard says.

    The U.S. takes in about 70,000 refugees from around the world each year, but Richard says post-Sept. 11 security concerns have made it more difficult to resettle refugees from Syria and other Middle East conflict zones.

    “A lot of people are asking me: Is it safe to bring refugees from these countries to the United States?” she tells NPR. “So I have to explain that these cases are the most carefully vetted of any travelers to the United States, and nobody comes in without having a Department of Homeland Security interviewer agree that they are, in fact, bona fide refugees.”

    http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/06/16/414898818/of-4-million-syrian-refugees-the-u-s-has-taken-fewer-than-1-000

  5. Eli says:

    Sweet Jesus. What are we doing? What are we doing? I can’t stop crying! That poor baby…oh my God!

  6. lindak1961 says:

    I can’t “like” this post IG.

  7. Dusty says:

    So sad. No words

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