I am fully aware that this is a break from usual service. Nobody visits The Cofa’s Tree to be lectured on current events (but if you have this is you’re lucky day). I just needed to take a few moments to reflect on what is fast becoming a humanitarian tragedy.
As I am sure you are all currently aware, we are in the midst of a global refugee crisis on a scale not seen since The Second World War. You can’t escape it; many of today’s front pages show the body of a young boy being lifted from a Turkish beach, humanity washed ashore.
Refugees, who have risked their lives to escape horrendous conflict and violence in places such as Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan, have been left to eke out an existence in the dire, unsafe and inhumane conditions of camps such as The Jungle in Calais while many of our leaders increase in their efforts to thwart refugees and migrants from settling on the continent.
While Angela Merkel has accepted some 750,000 refugees in Germany, and used the German army to build shelters for them, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said he does not think that the answer to this crisis can be achieved “simply by taking more and more refugees.”
But many of these politicians, and much of the UK media, are spinning you a line; spreading cruel and misleading rhetoric on a people who have had no choice but to flee from extreme violence, egregious human rights abuses and desperate humanitarian conditions.
A report from the United Nations refugee agency has stated that more than 2,500 migrants and refugees have died or gone missing this year while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, forced to travel from the likes of Libya, a country left in turmoil after the international intervention of 2011, which included the UK, led to the overthrowing of Colonel Gaddafi.
More and more people are dying everyday in their desperation to flee persecution and reach safety and yet we do nothing.
But when dead children are being washed up on beaches it is surely time to act. So,
And embrace your humanity.