SOCS-Light in the Darkness

I could not write about something all light and airy. I did not feel like writing at all. The world has been too heavy and dark this week. I hope there can be light after seeing the images of the continuing humanitarian crisis from the Middle East into Europe. People desperate to escape, with their families, from all the war and terrible oppression. The terrible image of a dead child washed up on a beach in Turkey. Scenes of people trapped in a Hungarian train station blocked from traveling on into Europe. The hope is that maybe now the world will start to work on better solutions. A glimmer of light is that Germany and Austria have opened their boarders. Hungary has allowed the refugees to take the bus out of their country. I don’t get the distinction from taking a train but it is better than the refugees being held in some camp or prison. I noticed that Huffington Post Canada has a list of organizations that people can donate to for the refugees. I looked for a similar list for the US and found one on Today.com . Hillary Clinton, during a recent interview, called this a global crisis and “the entire world now sees doesn’t just affect the Syrian people; it affects all of us.”

It does affect all of us and we can not close our eyes. The Washington Post has several articles on this topic. One is a story about a Syrian family making their way to Austria with the help of smugglers, called The Black Route.

Sometimes I don’t think things can’t get any worse.

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16 thoughts on “SOCS-Light in the Darkness

  1. JoAnne

    I was aware of the boy drowning, but didn’t delve into it. I used to devour the news and try to figure out what I could do to help, but became overwhelmed with despair. Now, I do what I can in my own community and tend to limit my news watching/listening to safeguard my own sanity, and because I believe mainstream media, maybe most media, don’t go looking for the good news and focus so much on what’s wrong. Thank you for having the courage to look at the ugliness of the world and share it with a bit of hope. We must have that light in the darkness.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      JoAnne I realized when reading about this story of the refugees that I had not been aware of a lot of it or most of it. I tend to avoid the daily news for the same reason. There have been refugees before and in the recent past. There are people fleeing from several countries now. The war in Syria has caused a massive number of people to flee to surrounding countries. The same thing has happened in Iraq. I hope this is the tipping point.

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  2. Dan Antion

    I can deal with news, but I can’t watch the way each station tries to make more of every story than the others. It’s no longer news, and it certainly isn’t entertainment. The world is hurting right now and some people are trying profit, and it’s not just the smugglers. – Sorry, I guess I didn’t lighten things up any Deborah.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Don’t worry. I didn’t expect you to lighten things. I don’t watch network news so I don’t have to be exposed to the hype. Things have seemed to come to a crisis point and I hope that they will take a turn now for the better.

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  3. Hope Floats

    It is incredibly sad. The saddest part of it all is not that one boy died or even that hundreds died in other instances…it is that there is no easy answer or even a suitable solution… Regardless of what spin the politicians, military or Humanitarians want to put on it.

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  4. Yolanda Renee

    I too avoid the news because it becomes personal and causes despair, especially the hype and political infighting, but this no one can miss. The slowness of the governments to respond is heartbreaking, but to watch people with tickets refused transportation to their destination just doesn’t make sense. The innocent always pay the highest price.

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  5. Audrey

    I sometimes think of the saying, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Man’s inhumanity to man.
    Be it on a singular or mass basis.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Yes this scenario does repeat itself. I saw this when I was researching images. There have been repeated instances even in recent years of people forced to flee their countries and becoming refugees. This current crisis is supposed to be the largest number of refugees since WWII.

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