Canadians say they are privileged, they are not even aware these things happen (showing how western media isnt doing enough), and they blame prime minister Stephen Harper for the death of Alan Kurdi.
This is no longer a mid-east crisis, but a world crisis.
It is a shame that the curiosity, empathy, and imagination of most are so stunted that they require such vivid imagery as the photo of Alan Kurdi showing up in their news feeds to feel concern for the havoc wreaked by their governments’ policies.
You are troubled by that picture you saw on Facebook. Good. It means your heart hasn’t been completely hardened by nationalistic and xenophobic indoctrination. But don’t let it make you susceptible to war party manipulation. And don’t just “raise awareness” of it by liking and sharing the tragedy and then forgetting about it in a month. To truly contribute to justice for Alan, work to set things right.
And the first step to setting things right is understanding. Make it a project to learn about the role of foreign intervention in the Syrian Civil War that is creating so many of these refugees, and in the wars roiling the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia in general. And once you’ve acquired understanding for yourself, work to spread it to others.
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