The Great Migration

syruf2Most 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.

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“The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.”

Naturalist Alexander von Humbolt

 

 

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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4 Responses to The Great Migration

  1. Mary Lee Morgan says:

    Tears…

  2. Thank you, Kay for sharing this. It is overwhelming and so sad. I have prayers, but otherwise what can we do.

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