A young boy, not even 5 years old, lies dead on a beach in Turkey. His family, escaping from the  massacre and destruction in Syria, hoped that Turkey would provide the safety and security that was lost in their homeland. He was not the only member of his family to lose his life in the flight for freedom. He is not the only person who has died in their quest to freedom and security,  especially considering the volatile political and social environment in the Middle East.

The true tragedy of the current situation is that human beings are being used a social, political and religious pawns by their fellow human beings.  Life is no longer sacred, something to be cherished and respected.  The basic right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has been replaced with my or the grave.

My heart is broken, not just for this young boy, who did not have even the opportunity to live, but for the many innocent people who have lost their lives in pursuit of safety and security.

In the midst of this death and destruction, the UN remains silent. The noble and honorable mission of the UN’s founders have been replaced by cowards and hypocrites.



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