A Vale of Tears

A Vale of Tears:

Refugees, Travellers, Migrants, Gypsies , many having

defied death at sea , transport in trucks unfit for life,

seemingly need to be contained behind rolls of barbed wire

I find it heart rending, shocking  and deeply troubling,

AND all that happening in front of our eyes  in 2015




13 thoughts on “A Vale of Tears

  1. short and sweet, but really speaks to the heartbreak surrounding all that’s going on with the refugees. posts like these give me a little more hope in humanity, at a time where it seems no one can be bothered to care ❤

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  2. Thank you all, So much , we will watch this tragedy unfold and do and help with the means we have. There is still goodness in many of us and even here in the UK there might be a glimmer of hope and opening of the fortress gates to a few of the streams of refugees.
    This is a happening at such a scale, such enormity , it seems to sort the boys from the men , so to speak…good from evil .
    I am a bit more hopeful , thank to ‘that most moving , shocking and heartrending photo of the dead child washed up on a beach,..remember that one from the Vietnam war..that made people say, enough is enough? Maybe this photo is a turning point too. We wait and see, sign petitions , donate, help, offer , give old shoes, clothes..Let’s hope it is enough to halt..these scenes reminiscent of times we did not think we would ever see again, constantly fill me with disbelief, horror and pain.


  3. We are just reaping what we have been sowing for the past decades : Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lybia, Yemen, Syria… Twelve years ago, a young Ìraqi woman was blogging almost daily about what it meant for her and her family to live through the invasion of their country. Thousands of people fled towards Jordan and Syria. Both of these countries let them in. This young woman’s family finally left Baghdad to flee towards Syria. She stopped blogging, silenced herself, to disappear from the face of the Internet. Two years ago, she came back, to give us some news. She was again fleeing, along with her family to an undisclosed country. Her blog is still available for us to read: http://riverbendblog.blogspot.ca/2013_04_01_archive.html. There were few tears for her predicament, and those of her brethren then. Even the pictures of Abu Ghraib did not leave much of a mark on our collective conscience then. It’s too easy today to wash our hands of what our leadership — the Clintons, Bush, Blair, Obama, Sarkozy, Hollande, and Harper — have done in our name.

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  4. Yes, beautiful picture, if sad in context. But in (part) answer to Cornelis Verwaal, I think that how we are as a species is something that appeared in us a long, long time ago. I don’t think that this migrant crisis marks any new extremity of horror – and I can see no evidence whatsoever that mankind is set to change its habits. Its being said that this is the biggest crisis to hit Europe since World War II and that seems an accurate appraisal. My worries centre in the sheer scale of what is unfolding – together with the fact that few if any politicians appear willing to talk about this – the word “biblical” has been used to describe the scale, and that seems apt. A

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