Terror, fear, torture, mutilation, rape, extortion, enslavement, desperation or death.. The horrors of man’s worst invention: WAR. The reasons for which hundreds of thousands men, women and children have been, and still are, fleeing their homelands each in search for a dream: safety, wealth, opportunity, job, marriage, freedom, liberty, education…etc.. Yet the majority of them, along with their dreams, die!
They cross the deserts and they die.. They cross the seas and they die.. Meetings are held in New York, in Geneva and in Brussels yet still they continue to die.. Politicians talk, tweet and chat while they die.. The EU Commission recommend welcoming norms and they die.. Italian Parliament legislate for their delinquency and they die.. Maltese and Spanish Cost Guards shoots on their fortune boats and they die.. African leaders dispense free promises and they die.. European farming firms enslave them and they die.. They are dying by the thousands while a handful of “Businessmen and Women” on both sides of the Mediterranean are making their life’s fortunes.
They are so desperate as to bet their lives on taking chances between:
· dying in the desert, or
· dying at sea, or
· being locked up for months or years in jails falsely named “Welcoming Centres”, or
· getting extradited back to the starting point and losing everything, or
· somehow acquiring the luck to work like slaves in European farms, or
· getting really lucky to obtain an Exile Permit after several years of humiliation and exclusions.
Anyhow, if not their lives are at stake; they will lose all what they have risked for in the first place.. Their Dreams.
Since the early 20th century until now, the Mediterranean have swallowed over 20000 of them; and only God knows how many have perished while crossing the deserts on foot or on trucks.. Even inside the Libyan “Recovery Centres” (jails financed by the European Community) duly converted into ‘State Subsidised’ transit zones in their desperate ordeal waiting to board the floating coffins.
Parliaments and Governments do not hesitate for a glimpse of an eye while voting in favour of war; and their belligerent financial and logistic contributions are ready to go at a moment’s notice.. But when it comes to saving lives (others of course) they take all the time in the world, and the topics helming their agendas’ priority list become “Domestic Unease and Security Hazards”.
Recent experiences proved that most, if not all, of the international timid and slim Humanitarian Aid efforts, other than being politically manipulated and officially mismanaged, were targeting explicitly the prevalent superiority of one part of a given conflict over the other(s)!! See the difficulties and bureaucratic obstacles implanted before all the UN Organisations and NGOs operating in the fields of Refugees, Aid and Relief in every part of our planet.
As today’s world is swerving towards ‘Right’, and National Parties from every colour are winning grounds all over the globe; dividing and discriminating entire populations has become the moment’s socio-politico-cultural vogue carried over various racial, ethnic, sectarian and religious perceptions, and all are commonly blinded by the “US vs. THEM” spotlights; unable to see the fading light of a candlelight called “TOGETHER”.
Therefor, an inevitable “Regression Backward” is likely the most logic opposed reaction to cripple our existence. I think that many tangible present facts do support this conclusion of mine.Pass On The Word.