Thursday 8 December 2016

Time to turn the tide of human misery

Published 12/05/2015 | 02:30

'Last night, the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini pleaded for UN help to dismantle the criminal groups behind this tragic trafficking. She shouldn’t have to plead' (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
'Last night, the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini pleaded for UN help to dismantle the criminal groups behind this tragic trafficking. She shouldn’t have to plead' (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Fleeing terror, poverty and conflict, they risk their lives to travel in leaky vessels bound for strange unwelcome shores, which they may never even get to see. These are the odds weighed up by the parents and their children who undertake these dangerous voyages driven by despair.

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It should not be an unfamiliar story in this country; a place where coffin ships and heartbreaking goodbyes are woven into the fabric of our not too distant history.

All the more surprising then, to find our Government opposing the migrant quota proposals which are to be discussed by EU ministers tomorrow.

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