In our conversation today, I’d like to take a look at the migration crisis boiling in Europe right now. Writing about human’s misery has always been a tough thing for me. I’m Haitian, and Haiti’s modern history is one that is coated in violence, economic starvation, human trafficking, and refugee crises. Consequently, the images coming from Southern and Central Europe picture the grim reality of those who live in the shadow of death.
They came by the hundreds, smuggled across the Mediterranean into Greece. From there, they creeped their way into Serbia. Then, they marched on day and night through dense forests, through rugged hills and valleys, through sharp edge barbed wire frontier outposts on a desperate push to reach “salvation” in Germany. Exhaustion is written all over their dull, haggard faces, exposing their utter desperation. With very little food or water, men, women and children are moving ahead in a pilgrimage to the unknown.
These people came for the most part from war-ravaged Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen—countries that were relatively stable not too long ago. It is with an air of arrogance and indifference that the leaders of Europe now ponder what to do. They seem to have forgotten that there is a vexing, existential symbiosis between war and famine, between death and desperation, between injustice and the indignant, disgruntled migration problem.
This is a problem that the western powers backed by the United States have created in the first place. In going to war to divide and conquer oil-rich Middle Eastern nations, Europe and America have contributed to the dismemberment of Arabia, forcing millions to head for the valley of death. These deprived people were left with basically two choices: live under ISIS rule to face certain death or try their luck elsewhere even if it means to give up their human dignity.
The United Nations was created to wage peace not war and to foster good relations among nations so that they could coexist in mutual respect. It was never an instrument designed to award carte blanche to powerful nations so that they could prey on the most vulnerable.
Just like the United States had to deal with the Cuban-Haitian influx of the 1980s, the Europeans will have to come to terms with the results of their own greed and misdeeds. These innocent refugees are the casualties of war and subjugation. They are the intended consequences of Western Europe predatory policies. That’s my opinion. –Dr. Ardain Isma, educator, author.
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