The Tragedy of the Boat People: The Sea is not a Cemetery
By: Dhanpaul Narine
It is brutal, heartless and disgraceful and it happens in oceans of despair. It has been called slavery of the 21st century, an emergency and a crisis that defies description. The Mediterranean boat crisis continues to grab the attention of the world as politicians scramble to devise solutions. There was a time when the boats ferrying souls seeking a better life would disappear in the seas with little thought given to them. But these are modern times with the social media bringing to our doorsteps the plight of the boat people.
Can the world show compassion to a segment of the population that is asking for a second chance? This may appear to be a simple question but in reality the boat crisis is interwoven with politics, wars, poverty and countries seeking to secure their borders at all costs. The problem of the boat people has not just arrived at the door of Europe. It has a history written with the indelible ink of cruelty that began in the developing world. Continue reading