This is my granddaughter on Wednesday, face down on the floor, sleeping peacefully… safe, loved, exhausted by giggling.
Another photograph of a small child, face down on the floor, made the news on Wednesday. Face down in the sand, washed up on a beach, his smile forever extinguished.
His name was Aylan. Five other children, including Aylan’s brother, Galip, are known to have died in this one incident where refugee boats capsized.
2,500 people are known to have died in an attempt to reach safety this summer alone.
The politics shouldn’t matter. Race, faith, economics.. shouldn’t matter. The fact that such horrors have been going on, not just for the past four years with this one crisis, but since mankind began to call itself ‘civilised’… that matters. That we, who dare to think of ourselves as ‘humanity’, should allow or ignore the needless, terrified deaths of children… that should matter.
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