I sat down to write about makeup. Because makeup and fashion is always on my mind. But I was checking out my Facebook and I was checking out other blogs, and there’s one major thing going on lately, that no matter how much I’d rather be thinking and looking at makeup, you can’t ignore. And really, being Greek means that I’ve been seeing this on news channels and papers from back home a LOT longer than it’s been broadcasted here in the States. Greek islands in the Aegean and Greek islands off the coast of Turkey receiving thousands of migrants DAILY, I can’t remember the exact source, but 350,000 in 2015 alone- I’m sure a quick Google search and the article with that number will pop up; it was either Huffington Post or NY Times. But this week with the little 3 year old boy, washed up, face down along a popular Turkish resort town had my stomach in knots. Why is it taking that, this little boy, to have people pay attention now? And what’s even more nauseating is that this young, innocent child, wearing velcro sneakers, is not the first to perish on their escape from a war ravaged country. The Aegean sea is filled with people at this point who never made it to dry land, but that was worth it to them. They’d rather die on their way out of a country that is seeing ceaseless violence than to stay there and be killed by bombs. This video in particular of a 13 year old boy, at a train station in Hungary, where the situation has escalated the past few days, pleading with politicians to “Please stop the war in Syria. We won’t come to Europe”
Please click, please watch. Such a young man. Only 13, but yet he’s had to grow up so much. He was only 9/10 when the situation in Syria started to become the way it is now.
But what angers me the most is that the Greek people are already struggling. They’re struggling so hard right now. Not enough money to take care of themselves. No jobs. Yet the people on the islands, particularly on the islands of Kos, Lesvos, Xios, they’re taking the situation into their own hands, making sandwiches for the refugees, providing cots, blankets, water, baths, tents. Where are the politicians? Well, the Greek ones I will make a small pardon for them since they have a bit of an economic issue on their hands. But what about the Germans? That’s where all the refugees are trying to get to anyway! And the British? They’re actually refusing refugees. The French?? Why are they so GD quiet? What about the Baltic countries? Hey Swedes, Hey Fins, Hey Norwegians – people are DYING in the seas of the country you were so willing to be verbal about when it came to their finances; but when it comes to humanity, to actual human lives being lost – why the silence?
I’m so sorry to my readers who have come to my page and have enjoyed my previous posts regarding makeup, and I promise to return to that content. But I wanted to bring this up, because this affects all of us as a human race. And really, it makes trying to find the perfect lipstick in stock in perspective – that it doesn’t fxxxing matter.
Rest your sweet soul, little Aylan. And to all the other souls who’s lives should not have ended in the Aegean Sea.
Stratigista, The Glam Greek
::: GLAM GREEK UPDATE :::
Here’s a link to an opinion article that I had to share regarding this issue Germany at Fault