The Courier-Mail

Media black-out fails our own child refugees


THE power of an image is in the news with the tragic drowning of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi ( C-M, Sep 5).

In Australia, we do not see the refugee children we are damaging because they are locked in camps.

The numbers are small compared with those arriving in Hungary and Greece (pictured), but our cruelty is just as sharp, as The New York Times described last week.

If photos of the grim conditions in camps on Nauru and Manus Island – of child abuse or self-harming or women raped – were published, Australian­s would surely react.

Do we have to see images of maltreatme­nt in our name, in the centres we pay to operate, before we demand better from our Government?

Cameras and journalist­s must be allowed in. Julanne Sweeney, Mena Creek

SHOULD Australia be doing more to alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis enveloping Europe?

We see refugees fleeing from the destructio­n of their country, with whole cities reduced to rubble.

Certainly the Assad regime, ISIS and the other anti-regime forces must share the blame. But are we contributi­ng to the chaos, by sending in warplanes to bomb Syrian infrastruc­ture?

What about Australia taking the lead and fighting to wake that long-sleeping paper tiger, the United Nations, which should be using its power to solve this apparent ongoing world problem. Richard Lancaster, Clontarf

THE young refugee interviewe­d on TV in Hungary gave the answer that most of the world knows is correct: “Stop the war and we will go back home”.

Trying to get jihadists and war criminals to the negotiatin­g table won’t stop the war, neither will dropping food supplies into enemy-held territory. The only way is to eradicate the enemy.

It appears Russia is doing something about it, but the US is not happy because of the Syrian support factor.

A lot more countries should be involved but are conspicuou­s by their absence.

The refugee dilemma is going to divide the Western world. Europe will be forever changed. Peter Corran, Manly West

WHILE hundreds of thousands of refugees risk drowning at sea to seek a new life in the West, the rich Arab countries of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Republic, Kuwait and Bahrain have turned their backs and refused to help.

Why is it always the West that has to look after the world’s human flotsam while the rich Arab nations close their borders and ignore this massive refugee problem in their own backyard? Raymond W. Clarke, Zillmere

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