On Sept. 2, the image of a lifeless toddler washed up on a Turkish beach incited outrage and shock from people all across the globe. Citizens demanded their political leaders to explain why such a young life was allowed to be drowned, and to take action to prevent it from happening again.
Now in less than a month’s time, the shouts of outcry are already fading; the constant stream of media is pushing the image aside for new material. However, that isn’t because the situation in Syria has gotten any better. In fact, the plight of refugees has only gotten worse, with Serbian police meeting them with tear gas and detainment. While the loss of a child seeking a better life seems to be considered universally tragic, people are still questioning what to do with the remaining refugees.
Mass migration of people fleeing war-torn countries has long been an issue of debate. No one seems to be able to decide whose responsibility it is to help people from other nations.
However, unlike in past eras when news was delivered over the span of weeks or months, we are now in constant contact with information. When a tragic incident happens in the world, people are aware of it, if not within minutes, within hours. And that’s something that needs to be considered when talking about the issue of aiding migrants.
Remaining completely neutral is no longer a possibility for developed countries. We can’t claim ignorance or say that the problems of other people do not affect us. Due to technology, we are now in a globalized world. Everyone is connected, if not personally, then politically and economically.
Developed nations, which take pride in their dedication to freedom and higher knowledge, need to stop only acting morally when it is convenient for them.
America was founded on the belief that people are born with inalienable rights to freedom. If that is truly what we as a country want to stand for, then those rights do not only apply to American citizens, but to people of all countries.
Right now, countries that could offer aid to the refugees aren’t sure what to do, not because of morals, but because of politics.
Syria is mostly an Islamic state, and for more than a decade the western world has been forging a war against terror commonly, though unfairly, linked to the religion. Now refugees are converting to Christianity in masses so they can be allowed sanctuary in churches. But a person’s religion should not determine his or her right to live safely.
The man-made borders that separate us as countries do not separate us as human beings.
When you see other people crying out for help, there should never be a question of whether you should get involved.
The world is well aware of what is happening in Syria, and if countries have the resources to help, they should.
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Evey Luther is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.