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    Another article with more info on how to help:
    http://www.today.com/parents/refugee...hildren-t42261

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    I also have two boys. I just cried after hearing about the little boys and then all the other children. It's utterly heart breaking. My life is blessed.

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    Today I woke up a little bit more focused, determined to find some answers/ helpful solutions to this crisis. I came across this little guy from Syria telling the world what little Syrian kids would really benefit from.(This video has just gone viral) Apart from emergency help, we need to listen to the children.
    https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/29434078...t-plea/?cmp=fb

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    http://mobile.news.com.au/world/numb...-1227513624915

    This article made me feel a little more hopeful for the current crisis. I too shed a tear for this family. While the image was horrifyingly confronting, I felt I needed to bare witness to the plight of these people and the risks they are taking to find a safe place to exist. The sacrifice's they are making are huge.
    I need to say that I am so so ashamed of our government and Abbott's turn back the boats policy. I read they actually paid a people smuggler to turn his boat around and go back to Indonesia. I was absolutely appalled by his recent statement regarding the images of that darling boy who so tragically lost his life, "a reminder of the need to stop the boats". No. Is he not aware he's just shuffling boats around, and to use this boys death as a means of highlighting or advancing his current policy is sickening. I've had enough of the fear mongering, we aren't going to 'loose our culture' or 'way of life' by assisting our fellow human beings in a time of crisis. We have the capacity to help but our government is more intent on sticking their head in the sand and wiping their hands clean of any responsibility. I read that Germany is expected to take in up to a million refugee's, I just wish Australia would help. I feel so frustrated.

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    Also, my dad works at a Turkish school here in Australia, he said they've taken in about 2million. One man's small village has 100's of Syrian's living in the community, most of them elderly. Bombing Syria is one thing, but assisting in the human tragedy is another. Australia needs to do something. Are there petitions going around? I read there was one in the UK that got about 100,000 signatures so they'll be debating it in parliament. Surely we can do something similar here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koarlo View Post
    http://mobile.news.com.au/world/numb...-1227513624915

    This article made me feel a little more hopeful for the current crisis. I too shed a tear for this family. While the image was horrifyingly confronting, I felt I needed to bare witness to the plight of these people and the risks they are taking to find a safe place to exist. The sacrifice's they are making are huge.
    I need to say that I am so so ashamed of our government and Abbott's turn back the boats policy. I read they actually paid a people smuggler to turn his boat around and go back to Indonesia. I was absolutely appalled by his recent statement regarding the images of that darling boy who so tragically lost his life, "a reminder of the need to stop the boats". No. Is he not aware he's just shuffling boats around, and to use this boys death as a means of highlighting or advancing his current policy is sickening. I've had enough of the fear mongering, we aren't going to 'loose our culture' or 'way of life' by assisting our fellow human beings in a time of crisis. We have the capacity to help but our government is more intent on sticking their head in the sand and wiping their hands clean of any responsibility. I read that Germany is expected to take in up to a million refugee's, I just wish Australia would help. I feel so frustrated.
    Australia has a humanitarian obligation to help them to the best of it's ability, taking into account the all the resources it takes to properly care for them.
    ALL countries should share the responsibility of helping. Many Australians are deeply concerned for the welfare of the Syrian people but are not aware that there are middle eastern countries that enjoy stability despite having authoritarian governments such as Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Quatar, Oman & Jordan. Should they be opening up their borders?

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    @SixtiesChild I have been awake most of the night so sorry for being dense but could you clarify your point? I'm interested in what you mean :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixtiesChild View Post
    Australia has a humanitarian obligation to help them to the best of it's ability, taking into account the all the resources it takes to properly care for them.
    ALL countries should share the responsibility of helping. Many Australians are deeply concerned for the welfare of the Syrian people but are not aware that there are middle eastern countries that enjoy stability despite having authoritarian governments such as Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Quatar, Oman & Jordan. Should they be opening up their borders?
    Not sure of current statistics but in 2010, Jordan was taking the most refugees per 1000 (72.9 in fact) people than any other countries. Compared to Australia's 1! To say they aren't opening their borders is just wrong. Even by today's standards, Jordan takes in a lot more refugees per capita than Australia.

    Yes, every country should be doing their bit. But Australia is not. And that is shameful. Even since this boy's drowning, Tony Abbott has said that it is more proof that boats need to be stopped, yet he was almost begging USA to ask Australia to bomb Syria. And then he wonders why people are leaving in boats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    Not sure of current statistics but in 2010, Jordan was taking the most refugees per 1000 (72.9 in fact) people than any other countries. Compared to Australia's 1! To say they aren't opening their borders is just wrong. Even by today's standards, Jordan takes in a lot more refugees per capita than Australia.

    Yes, every country should be doing their bit. But Australia is not. And that is shameful. Even since this boy's drowning, Tony Abbott has said that it is more proof that boats need to be stopped, yet he was almost begging USA to ask Australia to bomb Syria. And then he wonders why people are leaving in boats?
    Imagine if the money devoted to military response had been diverted to humanitarian response instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixtiesChild View Post
    Australia has a humanitarian obligation to help them to the best of it's ability, taking into account the all the resources it takes to properly care for them.
    ALL countries should share the responsibility of helping. Many Australians are deeply concerned for the welfare of the Syrian people but are not aware that there are middle eastern countries that enjoy stability despite having authoritarian governments such as Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Quatar, Oman & Jordan. Should they be opening up their borders?
    I agree, all countries should be helping if they have the capacity to do so. I am unsure of your point in regards to Australians being unaware of middle eastern countries having the ability to open their borders. I'm attaching a photo taken of a refugee camp in Jordan 2013. As you can imagine the number of people trying to flee since then has absolutely exploded. Lebanon has also taken in an astounding number, it was projected to be about 1.5million at the start of the year and I think they have now ceased new registrations as their economy can't handle many more. In terms of Syrian's escaping to Saudi Arabia and such, it's not that easy. It means walking their family through actual war zones near Iraq and crossing through Isis strong holds. It's safer for them and their families to go in the other direction towards Turkey.
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