Let me tell you about a baby called Bayan.
Europe’s gross failure over the years to deal with the refugee crisis is a challenge for each and every one of us. This is the conversation the whole world needs to have right now.
I always felt proud and privileged to be a EU citizen with an Irish passport who happens to live in Italy, so I should be celebrating.
But I am dejected.
Let me tell you why.
I want to introduce you to a baby called Bayan who was born about three weeks ago in Samos,Greece, in the EU. Her Syrian mother gave birth there after a harrowing escape from the war and a dangerous journey to Greece via Turkey. The image of that baby being washed in a puddle in a refugee camp went viral. Just one of the 14,000 “inhabitants” in the Idomeni refugee camp.
The Cyprus News sent the following tweet:
Humanity should be ashamed. A newborn refugee baby is washed in the muddy waters of Idomeni. Cyprus News, March 11, 2016
Just another heart-breaking story to archive. Let’s not forget the thousands of others who have drowned in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Another piece in the tragic mosaic of the European Union where refugees and asylum seekers are barred, fenced in, feared, and neglected.
The EU is one of the most prosperous and peaceful continents on the planet. It has open borders, free movement of people, an internal single market, monetary union, and 28 nations more or less living in harmony, peace and prosperity.
University students on the Erasmus exchange schemes around Europe. Yet the 500 million Europeans cannot even cope with 1 million refugees (40% of them children) fleeing war, death, and destruction. Their leaders wrangle and squabble about quotas, emergency aid, identification procedures, and humanitarian assistance.
They cannot agree on any measure which will make life tolerable and decent for their fellow human beings. They cannot decide on an immigration policy that is workable and fair.
“Solidarity must be strengthened to welcome new refugees and protect the
human rights of immigrants.”– EU immigration portal
Refugees—EU Leaders set for tense talks over deal with Turkey—Leaders meet in Brussels to agree details of plan to stop refugees and migrants coming to Europe but many have issues with deal.
“I’m a child and might not know much but I believe treating people disrespectfully for being born on the other side of the planet is called: RACISM.” – An immigrant child wrote this on her placard as she attempted to reach safety.
Turkey will receive no special favours in its drive to join the EU despite being the key to solving Europe’s refugee crisis.