Everyday in Syria is like 9/11 all over again... every single day!! This is known to be the worst refugee crisis since WW1. You have to understand that no one puts their children in water unless it’s safer than land! When the oceans and sea is safer than the hard earth that is when you know there really is something wrong.
Imagine having your freedom, your job, your friends, your possessions most likely even your family...everything you ever loved and owned taken from you, just like that. And you were forced to flee, to flee the country you once called home to make a new life a, new beginning in a country so unknown and yet having to find out you’re not accepted. What happened to humanity?
These people need help...these people need OUR help. We need to accept more refugees. We are all one nation and together we can make this right for everybody.
The population of Syria is 22.85 million people and around 4 million people left Syria since the beginning of this conflict but today a further 8 million people have had to leave Syria and 50% of them been children. Germany says they can take up to 500,000 refugees a year but why were 400 of them forced to convert to another religion just to be accepted?!
I’m sure you've heard of Aylan Kurdi, the boy in the red shirt who was washed up on the beach of Turkey. The most heart breaking thing I have ever seen and heard in my life other than Aylan’s picture was what Aylan’s dad said after he lost his wife and two children while trying to save a whole lot of other people from drowning by steering the ship because the captain jumped out. This is what he said when he found out about his child, "I jumped into the water looking for my wife...my children but I didn’t see them, all I saw was water." Barely holding back tears when he was asked what he was gonna do now he replied, "Aylan’s last words were when he was on the phone with his grandpa just before he was gonna aboard the crowded ship he said, ‘Can’t we just take your truck instead, Grandpa? I don’t want to go into the water. I’m scared.’” Aylan’s dad then said, “I have lost everything... there is nothing for me to go back to. All I want to do now is mourn over my family’s graves until my death comes."
Now all that remains of his family are memories. He is forever traumatized saying that whenever he touches water or sees oceans and beaches he is reminded of the real life nightmare he went through. I could never in a million years say that I can relate to what Aylan’s dad and his whole family went through, but I can definitely say that we are both humans and refugees.
When I was living in Iraq, we faced a lot of difficulties with similar experiences as the Syrians. We were forced to live in camps in the middle of the hot desert with dangerous conditions, but finally we were brought here as refugees, I’ve been living in New Zealand for ten years and I am more than grateful to be in such a beautiful and peaceful country.
Nothing could compare to what these Syrians are going through. There are children out there homeless and looking for pieces of breadcrumbs in the dirt to stay alive. There are so many people out there losing loved ones and having to carry on in order to survive. There are dignified men holding their children and begging for food to prevent their children from dying of starvation. What these Syrians are going through is inhumane.
I pray for the day when the children of Syria will wake up to the sound of birds chirping and not bombs. I pray for the day when the people of Syria can live in peace and harmony as it once was but most of all, I pray that we as a nation can stand against this and make things right for the Syrians. Aylan Kurdi, you will always be in our hearts and a brave reminder.