No céad míle fáilte for refugee kids

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

Ire­land will wel­come only five chil­dren out of a group of refugees res­cued re­cently in the Mediter­ranean sea. These chil­dren are flee­ing war and ter­ror, likely to have wit­nessed mass atroc­ity and ex­pe­ri­enced cat­a­strophic stress, and may have post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

The news of their ar­rival has sparked a hate­ful, in­hu­mane, and wor­ry­ing dis­course on so­cial me­dia.

Some of these key­board war­riors have said these scared, trau­ma­tised, and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren are a threat to our na­tion, li­able to take ad­van­tage of our sys­tem, and un­der­mine the work­force. This is rem­i­nis­cent of the xeno- pho­bia of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Their im­mi­nent ar­rival has out­lined a wor­ry­ing lack of em­pa­thy, com­pas­sion, and hu­man­ity in Ir­ish so­ci­ety. Sadly, our “céad míle fáilte” ethos has been dis­carded by some.

Debby Hayes East Ferry Co Cork

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