By Armughan Ahmad Daud
Recently, gruesome pictures of a little angel keep taking rounds on social media. He is lying on the Shore of Turkish Sea, face-down, motionless, breathless and lifeless. He is Eilan Al-Kurdi, 3 years old, whose unfortunate voyage came to the most tragic end, the death. The pursuit of a life, a safe-life, beyond threats, beyond beheadings, beyond terror, beyond bullets, has led this innocent kid to the most unfortunate end. Eilan was wearing bright red T-shirt, shorts and shoes, as if divine destiny had already decreed the great welcome for this angel in heavens. But the misery just does not end here.
It’s not that only US is at fault in supplying weaponry and funding to Syrian rebels, it’s not only Bashar Al-Assad’s fault to respond to the internal threat with unequivocal lethal force, it’s not only the fault of Arab nations to let all this disaster happen, it’s not only the fault of UN to be as flaccid as a ceremonial state-head, it’s not only the fault of European countries banning the refugees to come to peace. It is fault of humanity. It is fault of all of us. We should all be ashamed of ourselves to let the innocent souls die in merciless waters.
Eilan is not alone in his ill-fated journey. His brother Gilan, 5 years old, and mother Rehan were also equally unfortunate as both drowned with him, among nine others. The toll has reached to around 2,000 in this year who have lost their lives in efforts of crossing European borders.
This sad evident, which has shaken the soul of every human in the world, emphasize the fact that the drawn out misery of refugees should come to an end. We need to contrive best possible and permanent solution, a fail-safe rather, after serious cogitation. The scrupulous efforts of European countries to spurn away the refugees have already added enough fuel to the fire. But in the end, these are the same European countries, the ‘infidels’, who have agreed to and have started taking refugees in large numbers. People in these countries are welcoming the refugees with open arms.
The tragic part, however, is the apathy shown by oil-rich and resourceful Arab countries. Their callous behaviour was expected though, yet eschewing to wade into resolution of this escalated crisis is utterly inhumane, to say the least.
A resolved culmination of this crisis should be at the minds of everyone who could do even a little for refugees. A resolute effort is also required to help mitigate the risk of ISIS threat to civilians. International communities and countries always bragging about their human right activities should consolidate their efforts to bring peace in the region.
We do not want more Eilans, Galips, Ahmet-Hadis and Hayders. We should not need any more innocent deaths to unite our efforts for humanity. We are already ashamed enough to be unable to save Eilan and his brothers.
We are at loss of words to mourn your death, Eilan. We are sorry, Eilan, we failed you.