Thursday 8 December 2016

When babies are left to drown, civilisation dies

Published 31/10/2015 | 02:30

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras slammed the level of debate among European Union governments in dealing with the migrant crisis as 'sad' for a lack of cohesive action in dealing with the crisis
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras slammed the level of debate among European Union governments in dealing with the migrant crisis as 'sad' for a lack of cohesive action in dealing with the crisis

When the body of Aylan Kurdis was washed up on the shore in Turkey in September, the world grieved, but nothing was sorted. Leaders resolved to assist the refugees, but the bodies are still littering Europe's shorelines and they're getting even smaller. Yesterday, 22 more refugees drowned, mostly children, and at least one was a tiny infant. Some 3,000 have died this year.

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One must feel for Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Yesterday, he spoke from the heart. "I feel ashamed of Europe's inability to effectively address this human drama and of the level of debate ... where ­everyone tries to shift the blame on to someone else."

He was equally blunt about who he believes is at fault.

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