Starvation now a tactic of war?
While the first few families of refugees have arrived in P.E.I. and I know they are glad to be here in a safe place to begin to put their lives back together. I can only try to imagine the conflict they have had to deal with as well as the risk in taking to boats and fleeing their homeland.
And more will come to our province and our country in the next several weeks. I, for one, am glad we have a compassionate, caring and rich government, as well as generous Islanders who fund-raise for these efforts allowing us to be able to reach out to these many displaced people.
And while these newcomers are settling into their new life in P.E.I., we, the people of this Island and country, where we live in freedom, are seeing devastating pictures on our late news shows of starving children and adults in Madaya, and it seems, for whatever reasons, starvation has been used as a tactic of war.
My question now is, why can we not offer food aid and some sense of safety to these many hundreds of thousands of people who are cut off by government forces and have no alternatives?
Thus far, some 23 starving people died at a health facility supported by Doctors Without Borders.
Here in Canada, we are able to do so much for so many in a short time, thanks to a new government that has taken on this major task. And while I’m grateful and happy we are able to bring refugees from camps to start a new life here, can we not help the worst of the worst? Let’s find a way. Kathy Birt, Mount Stewart