નવેમ્બર 9, 2015
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એેક સરસ વિડિયો આજે જોયો –
- વિચારતા કરી દે તેવો વિડિયો
- આપણી અંદર, બહુ ઊંડે, સુષુપ્ત પડી રહેલી ચેતનાને ઢંઢોળી નાંખે, ચીસ પડાવી દે તેવો વિડિયો
- મરી ગયેલી માનવતાને સજીવન કરી દે તેવો વિડિયો
- સિરિયાની તબાહીમાંથી ભાગી છુટેલી અને મરણને હાથતાળી દઈ, બચી ગયેલી, હાલ ઇજિપ્તની રહેવાસી ‘ડોઆ’નો વિડિયો
And Doaa? Well, word went around about her survival, too. And the media wrote about this slight woman, and couldn’t imagine how she could survive all this time under such conditions in that sea, and still save another life. The Academy of Athens, one of Greece’s most prestigious institutions, gave her an award of bravery, and she deserves all that praise, and she deserves a second chance. But she wants to still go to Sweden. She wants to reunite with her family there. She wants to bring her mother and her father and her younger siblings away from Egypt there as well, and I believe she will succeed. She wants to become a lawyer or a politician or something that can help fight injustice. She is an extraordinary survivor.
But I have to ask: what if she didn’t have to take that risk? Why did she have to go through all that? Why wasn’t there a legal way for her to study in Europe? Why couldn’t Masa have taken an airplane to Sweden? Why couldn’t Bassem have found work? Why is there no massive resettlement program for Syrian refugees, the victims of the worst war of our times? The world did this for the Vietnamese in the 1970s. Why not now? Why is there so little investment in the neighboring countries hosting so many refugees? And why, the root question, is so little being done to stop the wars, the persecution and the poverty that is driving so many people to the shores of Europe? Until these issues are resolved, people will continue to take to the seas and to seek safety and asylum.
So on behalf of little Masa and on behalf of Doaa and of Bassem and of those 500 people who drowned with them, can we make sure that they did not die in vain? Could we be inspired by what happened, and take a stand for a world in which every life matters?