Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Only a Global Effort Can Solve This Crisis

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Only a Global Effort Can Solve This Crisis

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aS I sat looking into the eyes of Tima Kurdi, her heart broken, the sound of her sobbing was loud enough to wake North America from its moral slumber.

The day before images of her nephew Aylan Kurdi's lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach had stirred the world's conscience into finally acting on what is a horrific humanitarian disaster.

The three-year-old, who died alongside his brother Galip, five, and their mother Rehan, were among hundreds of thousands of people desperately fleeing the barbaric madmen of ISIS and the Assad regime.

Those who did not drown in the Mediterranean or suffocate in the back of trucks were then left like unwanted cattle looking for a place to take them.

Europe's response ranged from pathetic to outright hostility towards those left displaced and no one led the way over what should be done.

The UK finally acted when David Cameron pledged this week to take in 20,000 - a fraction - of the refugees over the next five years.

Other countries have since implemented an open door policy with hundreds of thousands hoping to reach Germany after working their way through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia.

But not everyone is happy. Hungary's Prime Minister has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to prevent any more of those displaced travelling through Europe.

Viktor Orban warned "millions" of people will descend on Berlin but questioned how many were genuine refugees and not migrants attracted by the prospect of a German lifestyle.

He said he would "seal off " Hungary's southern border with Serbia effectively stopping any migrants or refugees from crossing over into the EU member state.

The two countries have polar opposite views.

Of course there needs to be a measured response.

By accepting so many refugees on a continent already struggling with assimilation, and making itself a magnet for more, countries are in danger of failing in their obligations to their own people, hence why the problem is not Europe's alone.

Countries such as Canada - the nation that rejected Tima's applications for her brother and his family to join them - need to contribute equally to the global effort that is required. …

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