• “The world sees and silent.” Yes. It is shameful, and I am guilty. I promise you I will start trying to help more actively.

    • What is happening is shameful, Alys. I don’t expect that my post will change anyone’s mind … but who knows? Miracles still happen. xoxo

  1. … and I thank UNICEF, Lara. Their work must be so heartbreaking and exhausting, but they keep at it day after day even when the rest of the world turns a blind eye.

  2. What times we live in – how sad that any supposedly civilised country should turn its back on humans in need. First Britain’s pathetic response to the refugee crisis in Europe and now… The lessons of history are obviously too hard for some to learn.

    • I had an enlightening talk with my father yesterday about Brexit, and the anti-immigrant sentiment that seems to be engulfing so many Western European nations. And after viewing it from the point of unemployment and downward wage pressure caused by an influx of cheap labor — not to mention more competition for affordable housing and social services — I had a bit more empathy for the people who fear an erosion of their standard of living. Furthermore, some countries have borne a heavier burden than others in accepting refugees and unfortunately it has all coalesced into a big cloud of “anti-foreigner” sentiment. That doesn’t excuse racism or xenophobia … but I can at least better understand their fears. But in the U.S. we have a different situation, don’t we: Although many, many Americans are seeing their standard of living decline due to the offshoring of jobs, automation, or the collapse of certain industries (such as coal mining), we can’t really blame that on immigrants or refugees. In fact, immigrants make up a vital part of our workforce in the agricultural sector. So instead we’re adopting this narrative of keeping ourselves “safe.” It’s difficult for me to look at the faces of these children, though, and imagine how turning our backs on them will make us safer.

      • To be honest what you say about America is true of Britain too – the collapse of traditional industries, automation, etc – we depend on immigrants for both low wage jobs – agriculture for example – and at professional levels running our creaking health service. Pressure on services could have been eased but our Government was ideologically obsessed with an austerity programme that affected the poorest most and was – as has now been proven – ineffective and divisive. If minimum wage rules were adequately enforced there should have been less of an issue of wages being undercut by European migrants. We certainly can’t blame refugees for any of our problems, we simply haven’t taken that many. Yes, I too can empathise, but the root cause of the problem is not the immigrant, they are just getting the blame.

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