Of Human Tragedy…

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Having sprained my arm recently…

I reluctantly settled down to catch-up on reading the latest escalating chaos going on in this troubled but beautiful planet we inhabit.

The first headline was…

Tiny victim of a human catastrophe“…

Followed by… “Two little brothers, one epic tragedy“…

Also…

Europe’s despairing leaders

We can’t cope with this tide“…

And today’s headlines screamed…

March of the migrants as thousands of desperate refugees begin 100 mile walk to freedom“…

The “Beirut rubbish protest trashes ‘Ali Baba and the 198 thieves’ “… referring to the number of members of the Lebanese government…

Even the French Le Figaro Week-end‘s headlines were “Guerre contre Daech“…

Also… “Quotas de migrants : Hollande en terrain miné“…

Well…

With great frustration, I took refuge in watching “la télé“…

The news on CNN, France 24, BBC, CNBC et al was just as harrowing…

Watching the tragic young boy cradled in the arms of a soldier was heart-wrenching… followed by the interview with his aunt who was in agony over the death of her nephews… who together with their mother had drowned while being transported by their father on an overloaded rubber dingy which capsized… all hoping to migrate to Canada where their aforementioned aunt lived to start a new life away from the gruesome horrors going on in their homeland.

We watched Arwa Damon and Frederik Pleitgen reporting to Hala Gorani on CNN… the unimaginable human tragedy of the migrant’s plight in Europe being played out before their very own eyes…

It is indeed a tragedy of colossal magnitude, the world having not witnessed the like of since the “dark days” of World War II

A humanitarian disaster… a global tragedy…

Feeling depressed and drained, I abstained from grumbling about the slight inconvenience of a fractured arm…

A huge gratitude engulfed me for the richness of our existence which we more than often take for granted..

As the father of the two drowned children said…

I want nothing for myself from this world.  All I ask is that this tragedy.. immediately ends and peace again reigns (in our country)“…

Enfin“, switching on the TCM movie channel for a temporary respite, I spent the rest of the evening watching an unforgettable vintage black and white film..

My very favourite…

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One thought on “Of Human Tragedy…

  • 6th September 2015 at 5:58 pm
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    Actress Emma Thompson just interviewed with the information that if climate change is not addressed, we will see immigrations that make this one look like nothing. It’s important we each not only read the news, but like Ms. Emma, connect the dots; use that critical thinking we have trained for and press to influence solutions. Not waiting for death to motivate us. Thank you for your article sharing your understandable empathy. What to do is always difficult to know. Best to start close to home. Push for that I think. I’m living in the Gulf, far from home, watching channels from many nations. Outside I watch the dry landscape finally become less than horrendously heated.

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