Practical Compassion in the Age of Crisis

A Mayday protest in Hamburg, Germany, champions the slogan “Never Mind the Papers!,” in solidarity with the inbound refugees from Middle East conflicts, May 1, 2015. By Rasande Tyskar.

The news from last week was bleak. Fleeing violence and chaos in the Middle East, horrific accounts detailed the tragic fates of countless people seeking refuge in Europe. Thousands have perished along the way, and many survivors have found themselves in dangerous conditions upon arrival in Europe. Some state reactions have been appallingly inhumane, and many undocumented refugees remain vulnerable to predation and exploitation by human traffickers. Government pledges to approve more refugee applications have been criticized as too little too late, and the immediate needs of countless people remain unmet.

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