In Pictures: Lives Continue to be Lost at Sea as International Community Fails to Solve Refugee Crisis

Photo credit: FLICKR / UNHCR

The dead body of a child was dragged out of the water in Bodrum, Turkey, after a failed attempt to reach the Greek Island of Kos.

While the European members are fighting over how many people they want to welcome, entire families drown in the hope to escape war and find a safe place to live. The sole thought that there is a discussion on whether to save lives or how many, is preposterous.
Saving a person's life is an honor, regardless of who or how many people do it.

After hearing David Cameron and many Europeans call refugees a “swarm”, and hoping - with ingenuity, you might say - that so many human hearts cannot possibly be so insensitive toward desperate individuals escaping their war-torn homelands in the search for peace, I decided to believe that the reportages we read on popular papers and magazines have not been able to convey just how inhumane the situation is and how irresponsible governments worldwide have been in attending to this emergency.

Related: Countries Behind the Global Refugee Crisis are Now Facing its Disastrous Repercussions

For this reason I decided to call this piece "the refugee crisis in pictures" hoping that the shots hereunder will reverse those hearts that think these people shouldn't be helped or don't deserve to be here.

To those who will comment foolishly that such photographs should not be posted because "death ought to have dignity", I anticipatedly respond that these shots are posted to show exactly what an indecent and obscene death looks like. Fake righteousness and disdain are worthless when witnessing the crude death of just another person we could have saved.

Related: World Displacement Reaches New High

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Take a picture of yourself with the sign "refugees welcome" and post it on social media tagging Global Young Voices. twitter: @globalyoungv instagram: @globalyoungvoices facebook: @Global Young Voices.


Camilla Curnis

MSc. in Engineering Management at Politecnico di Milano Recent Graduate in BSc. Engineering Management at the University of Bergamo, Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, former Contributor for The Equinox, IEEE First Place Award Winner North Jersey Section, Guest Speaker at the United Nations Pathways. "To me, writing is synonym of exploring. You start from nothing and you learn as you go."