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Thursday, 01 October 2015 13:15

We should all promote the core values of humanity

Dear Editor

EU countries are currently arguing on how to cope with the tide of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other places and at the same time many EU states are to be commended for taking in both refugees and asylum seekers en masse.

People the world over are shocked, confounded and overwhelmed by the sheer scale of human suffering due to crises in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

More 3 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq and 6.5 million are internally displaced within Syria.

While some Gulf states have ‘unofficially’ allowed in millions of refugees and provided billions of dollars in aid for displaced people in camps in Jordan and Lebanon, interestingly others have provided the aid so that the refugees would remain in the camps of other countries and not enter theirs.

Then there are countries neighbouring Syria - like those neighbouring Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Myanmar, etc. - who have a closed door policy to refugees. Also, some countries - who fear the gelling of the ‘Arab Spring’ within their own hegemonies - are overtly or covertly fuelling the conflict in Syria.

Millions of dollars raised in some states have found their way to both the government and rebel groups in Syria in order to prolong and maintain the conflict - resulting in the destruction and the brutal decimation of hundreds of thousands with the most frightening scenario being the absolute turmoil and chaos in the region.

Refugees and asylum seekers would much rather suffocate in trucks or cross the Mediterranean Sea in dangerously overloaded vessels at the risk of them or their children drowning to seek a new life and home in a country like Germany - with unfamiliar voices and customs - rather than in a country bordering the country from whence they had come - whose people share a similar culture, religion and language.

Of course, one must not lose sight of the complicity of world powers meddling in the region for their energy resources, for absolute control and power by destabilising countries in the region.

The ‘Arab Spring,’ democracy, stability and peace are neither good for the region nor good business for the sales of military weaponry.

War and conflicts, sadly and in reality, are about commerce and control, with the mass killing and human suffering of millions of innocent children, women and men being inconsequential to the war mongers and power brokers in the region.

The scenario is about global oppression, not about justice or even the quest for it.

We are a far cry from leaders and governments who can bring true peace, justice and tolerance in the world.

However, every human being has a responsibility to adopt and promote the core values of humanity and to strive for a world where ideal human values can be enjoyed by its people.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

SENT TO: Daily News, Mercury, The Witness, The Star, The Times, The Citizen, Cape Argus, Independent on Saturday and Cape Times

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

*PUBLISHED: Daily News, Wednesday 30 September 2015

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