More global compassion needed for refugees - Tutu Foundation

2015-09-09 21:16
Protesters demonstrate with a banner in Dresden, eastern Germany. (AP)

Protesters demonstrate with a banner in Dresden, eastern Germany. (AP)

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Johannesburg - More compassion should be given to refugees fleeing war-torn countries, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said on Wednesday.

"The refugees desperate to escape wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are as deserving of living decent peaceful lives as anyone else," the foundation said.

"They did not ask to be terrorised and terrified, or to lose their homes and possessions and communities. They have children, harbour dreams, laugh and love, cry and bleed – just as we do."

The foundation said humanity was investing more in technology than in compassion. Although some cared, most people kept the global crisis at arm's length.

"We'll trade with them and participate in their conflicts, but if they don’t look like us, talk like we do, eat the same foods, or subscribe to our culture or religious beliefs, when the chips are down we tend to disavow them – or, at best, pity them from afar," the foundation said.

Germany, which had recently opened up its borders to thousands of refugees fleeing Syria, had risen to the fore and embraced such compassion, it said.

"The sight of 'ordinary' German citizens feeding new-arrivals to their land is exemplary and extraordinary."

Just as the African idiom says "it takes a village to raise a child", it was the global village's responsibility to show love, mercy and compassion to those seeking refuge in foreign lands, the foundation said.

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