Last week we saw the best and worst of people.
The heart wrenching photo of Aylan washed up on a beach, bereft of life was a stark reflection of what the cruelties of man cause. The swift and positive response in offers of ways to help those caught up in the largest humanitarian crisis since WW2 was heart-warming and a positive step in the right direction.
However I also felt it was a somewhat shameful response.
Why did a 3 year old have to die in order for the world to sit up and take notice of what is happening in Syria? The conflicts have been raging for years in Syria, thousands have died and been forced to flee their homeland for hopes of a safer future for their families.
This was not the first boat this year to capsize and result in the loss of lives, yet where was the international response then?
The media have been slack in reporting the situation in Syria, politicians and world leaders have been quick to point fingers and turn a blind eye to the everyday suffering.
It is shameful that it took the tragic death of 2 young boys and their mother to bring attention to a crisis which has been gathering momentum for years.
Perhaps this tragedy could have been avoided if the international community had behaved more like a community. Some will say “better late than never”, and yes I suppose in a way they are right. But for too many, it’s too little too late.
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