Absolutely beautiful, heart-broken honesty from Kenn Orphan. After 500 years of colonialism and economic exploitation and utter indifference to suffering caused by a system that draws all wealth from peripheral states to metropoles…what should anyone expect. As Kenn writes, as unexpected as this is, it remains excruciatingly painful to witness. Once upon a time i had dreamed we would have time – generations – to fix this untenable situation. And now all we can do is respond as ethically as possible, with no hope left, whatsoever, that as the global situation worsens, as climate chaos increases and as mass extinction escalates we will be able to heal this horror.
This week Austrian police discovered the bodies of 71 migrants in a truck by the side of the highway outside Vienna. It is widely believed that they had suffocated to death when they were abandoned by their smugglers. One cannot fathom the horror and agony they must have suffered; but it is a story that is fast becoming the norm. Indeed, thousands have perished in their valiant attempts to cross the Mediterranean, well over a 100 just this week. In the Americas, untold numbers have died on their journeys north out of Central and South America. On the Andaman Sea boats brimming with starving members of the Rohingya community languished in limbo for weeks because no country would admit them. And when they reach the border their ordeals are far from over.
In Macedonia, police forces beat and tear gassed scores of refugees attempting to leave Greece; and hate…
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