Most of us have never seen real, true war. Almost none of us has seen one like the horror that is destroying Syria. It is indeed most comfortable for us to close our eyes and leave the whole mess far away. We sort of have done that, but Europe cannot. In fact, it is facing the largest number of refugees since World War II.
See if you can get your mind around these stunning facts:
- 42,500 — The average number of people displaced each day in 2014 (yep, already going strong way back then.)
- 1.9 million – Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey
- 25% of Lebanon’s population are now Syrian refugees.
- 5,000—Number of migrants known to have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year trying to reach Europe. (Could we count the “unknown,” it would be much, much higher.)
- $170 million—the amount generated in 2014 by Libyan migrant smugglers.
- 1 in 122—people now either a refugee or internally displaced or seeking asylum
- 50%–of all refugees are children.
- 23,150—Lone children among the asylum seekers in Europe in 2014
Yet we in the U.S. have done so little. We have locked our doors and said, “It’s not our problem.”
So, so sad.
So, so tragic.
Heaven help us all.
“The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.”
Naturalist Alexander von Humbolt