By Muhammad, Yead 10W
As the iconic Nelson Mandela once said, “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”. I sometimes question how far mankind has evolved; whether it has made us better people, or whether it has drained out the very nature of what makes us ‘human’. To fathom that there are a million migrants aimlessly traversing through Europe, I cannot grasp the magnitude of the numbers of relentless individuals leaving their homes in the hopes of seeking a more promising future. Imagine the children – these innocent, impotent kids – who are at the brink of all the madness. From cradle to grave, these benign victims of violence live in an environment imbued with fear and angst. What has humanity come to?
In 2014 alone, 283,532 refugees entered the European Union in a desire of a better life. There are a myriad of reasons that has led to the migration of the refugees, the most common being: violence, persecution and poverty. The majority of migrants derive from war-torn countries like Syria and Eritrea, where they flee war zones and persecution. Whereas, migrants from the Western Balkans, West Africa and South Asia are more likely to be escaping economic issues. Unnerved for their own safety and wellbeing, they choose to resettle in another country. Being denied a basic human right, the refugees depart their respective countries to seek asylum. Unfortunately, a significant number of migrants apply for asylum but only a mere fraction of them are being granted; 3695 have died due to the dismissal from other nations. Unfortunate, grueling and prejudiced: those are the circumstances they live in.
Furthermore, as the migrant crisis in Europe prolongs, a recurring thought consistently arises: the similarity between the migrant crisis caused by WWII and the migrant crisis of the recent years is simply uncanny. During WWII, over 60 million Europeans became refugees, seeking safety and shelter. Although the numbers are not as substantial, it is still a factor that is disconcerting. Have we not learnt from our previous mistakes? Why is history repeating itself? We are told that society has progressed exponentially, however the only progressing that has occurred is how prejudiced and unjust we have become. Apparently, refugees cause all the crime and felony that Europe is undergoing. However, it is abundantly easy to stereotype a certain group of people based on their religion, ethnicity, culture, gender and more. Our compassion cannot be selective only to our own kin, we should be mindful and empathetic towards everyone so that the world can be a better place.
The despair of this social crisis can only be solved with unbiased governments and fair policies. Migrants are not the cause of world issues; migrants are victims of world issues. So let us imagine those innocent, impotent kids again. From cradle to grave, I hope they live a blissful life, full of euphoria and that we welcome these migrants with open arms and minds, alike.