There’s always a war going somewhere in the world. Recently the refugees from war torn Syria and Iraq have traveled to countries by land and sea using various modes of transport. Many of them walked across borders to neighbouring countries with their families and in the desperation to leave a war torn land to find safety elsewhere, over 2000 displaced people fleeing for their safety by sea have drowned according to various news reports.
Many European countries are seeing an influx of refugees in their cities. Some countries in Europe have closed their borders to refugees.
Countries like Australia are taking extra measures of precaution with offshore processing of refugees. While many people don’t agree with keeping people in detention centres who have already suffered trauma, some of us believe that the stance taken by the government is in our best interest for safety of Australian citizens.
Most of the refugees come undocumented from overseas without the proper documentation. In a country where it’s important to have our identity documented, we don’t really know who we are letting into our borders thus the belief that off shore processing serves its purpose.
Others protest that Australian methods of processing refugees is inhumane and that its also an unneighbourly act in keeping people and even whole families locked up who have already been through enough and who will eventually suffer with the mental health consequences of their incarceration on top of what they’ve already experienced.
We have to ask ourselves:
- How well do we know our neighbours?
- How are we as Australian citizens threatened by them?
- Do we show them respect?
- Is there room for improvement on how we process our refugees?
- Is their more we can do to liberate their homelands?
- Are we helping them with their mental health issues?
- Are they having their basic needs and rights met?
- Are the children safe and are they schooled?
- Are they being taught to speak English while they are waiting to be processed?
What else can we do to help them?
- Try to understand them and their situation. Walk a mile in their shoes – What if you and your family were in their position?
- Treat them like you would like to be treated. What would you expect?
- Provide mental health support – They need to process their experiences.
Humans are of many ethnicities but we are of one race, the human race. We are all connected. We have to treat others how we want to be treated. It all comes back to us.
Recently the Daily Mail reported that Traffickers are luring people to Europe through Facebook.
By Sandra Ciminelli.