Unbeknownst to many Americans, a crisis is currently underway in Europe, where migrants from Africa and the Middle East are desperately trying to cross into the European Union –legally or otherwise — in a bid to escape poverty and war and thus secure a better life for themselves and their children.
Since January of 2015, nearly 340,000 migrants have attempted to cross into the EU. While some have managed to make it alive, many have perished along the way.
Included among the dead was the 3-year-old Syrian boy pictured below, who was found dead on a Turkish beach earlier this week.
Consider that making the journey to Europe requires being smuggled on tiny boats that often contain no water, no food, no shelter and no bathroom.
It does not help that many of these migrants do not know how to swim.
Very often, the ships capsize or smash into rocks, and those migrants present drown to death, unless they are fortunate enough to be rescued.
In April, for instance, a Greek army sergeant, Antonis Deligiorgis, was having coffee along the seafront when a migrant vessel crashed right in front of his eyes. He immediately rushed to action and helped rescue the migrants.
Those migrants who do make it onto land must then endure additional hardships in their quest to dig deep into Europe and establish a life in first-world nations like France and the U.K.
This means making it past barbed-wire fences and heavily armed police lines, among other things (H/T U.K. Daily Mail).
Migrants often try anything and everything to make it to freedom, including smuggling themselves on board trains and even cutting into trucks (H/T Breitbart).
According to the BBC, a migrant Syrian named Abdul Halim Attar managed to make it through the whole ordeal alive. Furthermore, after a photograph of him selling pens in Lebanon to support his family went viral, a crowdfunding campaign was launched that netted him $181,000.
The following short Facebook video contains other images of the casualties of this migration, many of which are quite graphic (view discretion advised):
We sincerely wish every migrant’s journey would turn out like this, but given the harsh realities of this world we know that many more men, women and children are likely to end up like that three-year-old boy on the beach.
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