Custom Search


Welcome to my blog!

Friday, September 4, 2015

#KiyiyaVuranInsanlik #الجنس النشري: The Human Tragedy of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

I want to give some warning now. I am going to re-post some of the images that news sources posted. They are graphic. I know some people will think it's morbid, but I have always believed that photographs - even sad ones - are an important part of history and should never be forgotten. I think photographs serve as an important lesson.

As most people are probably aware of by now, #KiyiyaVuranlnsanlik, or Humanity Floats Ashore, has been hashtagging on social media. Why? On Wednesday a three year old boy, Aylan Kurdi, washed ashore on a Turkish beach. There are pictures of little Aylan lying dead on the beach and then of a Turkish police officer holding his lifeless body. These images are heartbreaking, the whole situation is heart breaking.

Many refugees from war torn Syria and Iraq are trying to board trains and boats to get to either Greece (like Aylan's family), or Hungary, or Germany. Most prefer to go to Germany and I have heard on American news stations that Germany will welcome these refugees. Greece doesn't have the resources for such things, and I don't believe Hungary wants them as they put barb wiring over fences so migrants can't jump the fence.

There are pictures surfacing of all these refugees/migrants trying to board trains to get out of the country they are in. The trains fill quickly and not everyone can escape. This whole situation is a tragedy. I feel especially bad for the lone survivor of the Kurdi family: the father. His wife's and two sons' bodies have been flown back to Syria and a funeral will be held either today or tomorrow. It's heartbreaking, but so many other refugees are in similar situations. The situation is dire and more needs to be done.

I re-posted this picture yesterday. It's an art piece of little Aylan:

"This is how every three year old's day should end, not washed up on shore dead. I thought this art piece was beautiful. It's such a shame what is going on in our world. It's time to put our religious and spiritual and all of our differences behind us to come together to prevent atrocities like this.

#اجنسالنشري #سلام

1 comment:

  1. I don't see how it's more difficult to see an image of a bloodless corpse, excuse me. I don't think it's graphic. Maybe I'd been inoculated by studying genocide history.

    Let's formulate an action plan regarding how to slow nefarities like this. How did this happen? From what you detail after the photograph, it sounds like Aylan Kurdi had been attempting to flee a war-torn nation like Syria or Iraq to reach the "safer" shores of Greece, Hungary, or Germany.

    Ah, this is buried in Canadian politics. Why aren't his brother and mother as big of a deal? Is it harder to get instant sympathy for them?

    Hmm, it sounds like a tenth of the visas the government had promised to grant came to fruition, due to the mind-numbing political process. The Canadian Prime Minister called it "heart-wrenching".

    So I didn't even get to how exactly that happened - let's check the Wiki! All right, the Syrian refugee crisis has been going on since 2011 - it has to do with Syria's civil war, and yesterday some random Syrians were jailed for negligence over the whole thing.

    OK, so these particular people were denied exit visas. I do remember my own whole Chinese visa process was a several-month ordeal. x_x I had to sit in a hot tourist bureau for such a long time. But to be denied after that, eek...

    Hmm: "Brendan O'Neill wrote in The Spectator on 3 September 2015 that: "The global spreading of this snapshot — which appears on the front page of the Independent today and inside the Guardian, and is even callously being turned into a meme by sections of the weeping Twitterati — is justified as a way of raising awareness about the migrant crisis. Please. It’s more like a snuff photo for progressives, dead-child porn, designed not to start a serious debate about migration in the 21st century but to elicit a self-satisfied feeling of sadness among Western observers."[16]

    So it sounds like stop the civil war, and the problem will resolve itself. But stopping war is certainly a Herculean task.
    That ending depiction looks so much more peaceful than the reality.