silence please…

  
can we have a minute of silence for the thousands of drowned refugees – yes, all of them – not just the toddler whose body washed up on a beach and captured the attention of many… for a few days…

also, a minute of silence for all of those thousands who will continue to make the crossing, despite knowing how dangerous it is… because they have nothing left to lose….

then a minute of silence for all the ones who made it across, but are now making their way across an inhospitable, in some cases downright fascist, Europe…. denied shelter, or even dignity!

and another minute of silence for the many who may have been welcomed into more compassionate countries like Germany, but will face many difficult years ahead – trying to adjust, to find ways to fit in to their new ‘home’, to negotiate wildly different cultures – while mourning the loss of their loved ones, their homes, their old country, even their old (more secure) identities…

now a minute of silence for the many millions left behind, in war-torn and terror-filled countries, or barely surviving in the neighbouring countries they fled to, or in dreadfully inadequate refugee camps nearby…

and while we are at it, how about a minute of silence for those killed in the West’s (‘our’) past, current and future air strikes in this region (North Africa/ Middle East)… because this seems the best way to ‘help’?

as well as a minute of silence for all the indiscriminate drone strikes that have killed more innocent civilians than their actual ‘terrorist’ targets….

don’t forget a minute of silence for the European and world leaders who just can’t seem to find their brains, let alone their hearts or their pocket books – despite being daily faced with the human tide of misery and desperation on their doorsteps or all over the media!!

finally, my dear readers, a minute of silence for us. Because many of us don’t seem able to give much more.

For a more comprehensive argument for having more compassion towards refugees, including economic, social and spiritual perspectives, read this recent blog post by Anita Mathias

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