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Boy on the beach

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03 Sep 2015
This morning the world received a rather alarming and disturbing wakeup call – one that has already gone viral. Several national newspapers have featured the image of a poor, little Syrian boy washed up on a beach in Turkey, causing many across the country to weep. The image really demonstrates the full severity and horror of the current crisis in Europe and has embodied the desperation of those attempting to escape Syria and seek a better way of life for their families.

It is thought, that Aylan Kurdi, aged three, drowned with 12 other migrants, including his brother and mother as they attempted to flee the Syrian War and reach the Greek island of Kos. Heartbreakingly, their boat capsized as they reached open water.

The drownings come as a petition reaches 100,000 signatures, calling for the government to give immediate sanctuary to refugees. Up until now, many did not understand the plight of these innocent people however, this image has surely brought home the extent to which innocent people are risking their lives to escape the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Despite this, David Cameron still insists that the UK has already allowed a significant number of refugees into the country and has attempted to rationalise the civil war, the religious factions, ISIS and their utter hatred, revulsion and abhorrence towards human beings from across the world.

Yesterday Cameron insisted the best solution to the crisis was to bring peace and stability to the Middle East. During a visit to Northamptonshire, he said: “We have taken a number of genuine asylum seekers from Syrian refugee camps and we keep that under review, but we think the most important thing is to try to bring peace and stability to that part of the world. I don’t think there is an answer that can be achieved simply by taking more and more refugees.”

According the British Red Cross there are an estimated 126,000 refugees living in the UK. That's just 0.19% of our total population.

It seems this is just the tip of the iceberg of the current situation in Syria and the appalling incidents that we are yet to even hear about. Surely it is the time for our politicians in Europe and the Middle East, who will all have young children like this poor little boy must act. Their commitment to humanity and their conscience must somehow begin to join forces and communicate a coherent policy to rescue and restore this humanitarian disaster.  
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