Sudhanshu S. Singh
The death of Aylan Kurdi – the unfortunate Syrian child has shaken many consciences. Social networking sites are replete with condolence messages and appeals to take urgent steps to help millions of migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea, who are taking dangerous routes to reach places they can consider safe.
However, I know from my personal experience, like many of you, that our memories would fade within days and we will move on with other important and practical tasks of life. The unfortunate suffering will continue. But should it continue? Should our concern be time-bound only because we are not in such unfortunate conditions? The way conflicts have been spilling over borders, it will imprudent to take our peace for granted.
All of us are vulnerable if the civil society continues to ignore. The governments are run by those whose preference is to consolidate power. A few deaths, here and there, are just collateral damage.
It is tragic that the traffickers have taken the plight of millions of people as new business venture and the greed of a few thousand dollars has prompted them to endanger lives of people by stuffing them incredibly unsafe boats. Those who are lucky, manage to reach the shores of Balkan countries or Australia only to face further humiliation, challenges and uncertainty.
What is the way out then? Should the European countries be pressurised to allow hassle free entry, grant them asylum and then help in their integration and rehabilitation? Well – yes and no?
Yes, because it must be done because of humanitarian imperative; to save lives of vulnerable men, women and children. However, that is also not sustainable. We are not talking about migrants in thousands, but in millions. I don’t think, even the most powerful economies can provide asylum to all those, who are in need of it.
Then what is the win-win situation? It is only to simply accelerate the peace process and seek solutions of these conflicts, so that people don’t need to displace themselves. We should work to create a situation whereby those who have migrated, find it conducive to go back.
But it is easier said that done. Almost all those countries, leading the peace dialogue, are also covertly engaged in perpetrating the conflict for strategic reasons. Therefore, these scanty peace processes are mostly superfluous, without genuine intentions. Given that, civil society should take lead to put pressure over governments.
Civil society organisations, which have the mandate to take up humanitarian advocacy, should try doing something more substantial than issuing press releases. This has to be taken up urgently.
The conflict started almost four years ago, and yet. there is no sign of it coming to en end. Millions have been displaced and millions more are wanting to migrate to safer places. If the conflicts are not prevented, soon there will not be any safer place on earth to migrate to.
NOTE: Views expressed are the author’s own. Janta Ka Reporter does not endorse any of the views, facts, incidents mentioned in this piece.