Monday, October 19, 2015

Syrian Refugees and Saving Starfish

The need is overwhelming. So many people!

A father carries his daughter off their boat, which was stranded at sea for five hours, and on to the island of Lesbos. [Anna DiCenzo/Al Jazeera]I've been grieving for the thousands--millions!!--of people fleeing violence in their home countries and streaming into Europe searching for safety, or being stopped at our boarders and sent back to die in the countries they fled. I got together with some friends to talk about what we might do.

3000 people A DAY landing on the island of Lesbos, Greece! Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghanistan violence fueled by a climate change that has destroyed people's ability to grow food and our--the US--bombings. 1.3 million people fled Iraq when we invaded. They went to Syria, a country already struggling, with a repressive government. A perfect situation for extremists to take root.

It seems hopeless!

Then someone told the story of the boy saving starfish. There were thousands of starfish washed up on the shore. One little boy was picking them up, one by one, and throwing them back into the ocean. A man asked him, "What are you doing?"
He answered, "I'm saving the starfish."
"You know you can't save them all," said the man,  "so why are you even trying? What you are doing doesn't matter!"
Melinda McRosti, restaurant owner
"It matters to this one," said the boy, as he threw back another starfish.

Today I came across this article about a woman with the same attitude as the boy. Her organization is called Asterias (the Greek word for Starfish)

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