No céad míle fáilte for refugee kids
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