October 2, 2015 by Cláudia
In the midst of a so-called immigration crisis, there has been an epidemic debate about whether or not to accept the refugees. Everyday, we are being flooded with statistics, either claiming to prove that accepting them would be beneficial, not so relevant, or even catastrophic in an apocalyptic way. I am glad people are searching for facts in order to form an opinion, I just have one major problem with the way this is being dealt with: we are treating people like numbers.
Behind the percentages and charts are real people with real feelings and struggles, with dreams and aspirations, who fear death and want an opportunity to live – just like all of us. Reducing that to numbers is ridiculously simplistic. Is losing our human features and dehumanizing a large movement of people made of individual stories and lives.
But considering people nowadays seem to only respond to numbers, here’s a number worth referring: 3000. Those are the people who died so far. This is not a economical or political problem, this is a human tragedy.
And why would people take such a risk? This massive exodus from their home country isn’t because they’re coming to steal or jobs (why would people willingly lose everything and risk their lives for a precarious situation?) or because of some imperialistic aspiration to spread religion. Their country is at war! People live in fear, atrocities are happening everyday all around them. Do you know what it is like to live like that? Fearing death everyday, seeing things get destroyed people getting killed and thinking “I can be next”.
It is my view that this problem should be faces in a humane perspective rather than economical or political.
After all, why does your life matter more than theirs?