According to Pope Francis, the world is in dire need that the crimes against humanity come to an end, so that human society can thrive in peace and love. He regards the current situation regarding the immense struggles that the migrants bare on sea as an attack against life as grave as abortion and euthanasia.
The Pope commented on the migrants’ situation after an enormous amount of immigrants have filled the Sicilian shores this weekend. According to Frontex, the border agency of the European Union, more than 5,000 migrants have been rescued only this past weekend.
They have reported that 22 separate rescue missions have rendered 4,200 migrants who have survived the perils of the sea in only 24 hours. They have also brought in 17 dead people, on whom autopsies will be performed on, in order to better understand the consequences of their deaths.
The thousands of migrants came from countries like Syria, Egypt, in order to escape the war that is plaguing their local lands. Additionally, a great part of them are workers from Sub-Saharan African countries like Libya, who are part of the human trafficking worldwide industry.
“Abortion is an attack against life. Leaving our brothers on boats to die in the Sicilian channel is an attack against life,” said Pope Francis.
This migrant flooding is a consequence of the state in which the world finds itself at the moment. There are people who are running for their lives to escape the horrors of war and they are willing to risk crossing the sea in some improvised vessel, only to get a chance at a bearable life.
Furthermore, the extreme gap between the wealth of some parts of the world and the incredible poverty of others leads to drastic measures of earning an income, of surviving. There are people who are being trafficked, who are beaten and abused for the financial gain of others. They constitute modern slaves, who lose their freedom in the quest for a better life.
These people end up believing crude lies that promise them a decent life and that ultimately render them in a state beyond the worst nightmares of most people. They are dragged halfway around the world in a well constituted chain of enslavement, stripped of their basic rights, their dignity and their humanity.
They are no longer treated like human beings, sometimes not even like animals, but as inanimate objects that do have any value whatsoever aside from the financial one. Therefore, once they lose their ability to generate money, they become entirely worthless and they are treated as a burden. They end up killed and sometimes not even such a courtesy is provided, as they are left to die of thirst, hunger and injuries.
This is why Pope Francis regards the migrant’s situation as an attack against life, against humanity, and he sets it alongside two of the capital sins of Catholicism, abortion and euthanasia. The reality is that these two are acts of kindness, compared to the horrors that these people undergo throughout their suffering-riddled lifetime.
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