Thursday 8 December 2016

Victims of crisis 'are begging us to speak on their behalf'

Published 05/09/2015 | 02:30

Aylan Kurdi (left) and his brother Galip, who both drowned as their family tried to flee war-torn Syria
Aylan Kurdi (left) and his brother Galip, who both drowned as their family tried to flee war-torn Syria

The harrowing images flashed around the world of the Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach, have jolted people here in Ireland into grasping the magnitude of the crisis in Syria.

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Could there be a more graphic image to illustrate the sheer desperation of these refugees? Could there be a more poignant image to illustrate the lengths they will go to to flee their war-torn country? And could there be a more stark image to demonstrate to David Cameron and Enda Kenny the need for their respective governments to step up their aid efforts and allow more refugees to enter their borders?

Both Britain and Ireland have a moral duty to step up to the plate and offer more assistance to the Syrian people.

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