I don’t usually use this blog to discuss things of a political or religious nature. These are contentious issues and that wasn’t why I started writing.
However, the current migrant crisis is something that I don’t feel I can remain quiet about. It is something that is in everybody’s hearts and minds following the tragic death of Alan Kurdi, the three year old who drowned and his body was washed up on a Turkish beach on Wednesday. Pictures have been circulating in the media and people have been lamenting about the tragic loss of life. They are right. It is tragic. It has been tragic all summer for everybody who has lost their lives, including but not limited to Alan Kurdi and his family.
How people’s tune has changed! Whereas before, people did not want these people in their country. They (the migrants) would come over here, steal our jobs, cause problems for the health service and claim benefits. Not in our country! Not in our back yard!
Come on! They are human beings just like us! The only difference is that we were not unfortunate enough to be born in a war zone. We have all the privileges of a modern and settled society. How would we react if the situation were reversed? What would we do to protect our families? I know that I would do whatever it took and would fight tooth and nail to protect them. How is this any different?
There does need to be some structure put in around the situation, there does need to be some agreement but it strikes me as an unbearable tragedy that there is this continual loss of life. When did human life become so cheap? How desperate must these people be? I can’t imagine being that desperate that I’d be willing to risk my life and the lives of those I loved on a small chance for a better life.
What makes their lives less valuable than ours? Who are we to judge?
I’m not a politician and I don’t have the answers, I probably don’t have the full story but what I do know is this situation doesn’t sit comfortably with me. It didn’t before Alan Kurdi and it doesn’t after Alan Kurdi. It is just a shame it took the death of a young child for the world to realise that these migrants are human beings who are suffering all kinds of horrors and something needs to be done.
I’m not sure what the solution is but this loss of life cannot continue. Thankfully people are starting to wake up to this. It’s just a shame it took the death of a child to get the message across…