My sensitivity to the plight of immigrants did not start with seeing the photos of Aylan. -I have had issue with borders and citizenship and visas for a long time now.- And its not going to end or be forgotten in a couple of days or a week. I personally have been very slightly affected by this discrimination. But even that was enough to shape my views on the order of this world radically. I have been nowhere near their conditions, but I can feel their desperation in my bones. I revolt at the injustice they are forced to face. I cried when I looked at that photo. And my eyes water every time I think about it, I can hardly hold myself from crying in public. I have a baby of the same age- I guess most people who have children felt the same. But I also lost a baby for no reason. So I feel a strange connection with that photo. Does Aylan's death has a reason more than Lavinia's? Okay, we know why he died. He drowned. But what for? Does it matter if we know the reason? I am tempted to feel its a good thing the mother died too. She didn't have to go through the hell of losing a child senselessly.
I see adds everywhere, they are not advertisements in the real sense. Such and such are helping refugees. Good that they are doing something of course. But there has to be something else, people should stop seeing themselves as helping angels saying “we should help them more, we can.” They should start questioning borders. They should question citizenship the way we know it. They should question visas. In short, they should question the status quo. They should start speaking up against these things.
And no, it's not only about refugees, it's about all migrants.