Humanity’s Latest Failure

by harry98 on September 9, 2015 - 5:48pm



Aylan Kurdi. Do you remember that name? It’s been all over the news in the past couple of days. He is the little boy who was washed up the shore of a beach in Turkey. That little boy’s death is the latest display of society’s failure.

Aylan and his family were hopeful refugees, who just wanted to get away from all of the horror that is talking place in their native country of Syria caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) and by the country’s dictator Bashar Hafez al-Assad.

They set out on a journey to reach the Greek island of Kos with 23 other people. But their boat capsized and 12 of the 23 people died, including Aylan, his brother Galip and their mother Rehan. Their father, Abdullah survived.

The Kurdi family tried to apply for refuge in Canada but were refused, due to problems with the paperwork.

Turkey has been praised for taking in 2 million Syrian refugees since March 2011 and also helping the country financially. But they are at a point that they can not take anymore people in. In consequence, the Syrians are now trying to get to Greece in order to enter Europe.


I believe that this is a wake up call for humanity. We have failed our fellow human beings who are in difficulties. Especially those who are going through hell in the Middle Eastern region. When I first saw the image of this little boy’s lifeless body, I was brought to tears and I still am after seeing the image at least a couple of dozen times. This tragedy shows that we need to bring change, we can not just sit around and watch hundreds if not thousands of people being killed every singe day.




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