(Migrant Tales, under Enrique Tessieri and Tom Vandenbosch)
The picture above and the comment that follows on Facebook is dedicated to the all those anti-immigration parties and politicians throughout Europe. Since I live in Finland, I’ll dedicate this tragic picture of the girl to our most anti-immigration and anti-EU party in the country: the Perussuomalaiset (PS).*
Even if every party in Finland has their share of xenophobes, I will individually dedicate this picture to some of our most outspoken anti-immigration and anti-cultural diversity politicians that have built their political careers by spreading lies about migrants and refugees.
Who are they?
The list is long but I’ll name a few that I’ll dedicate this tragic picture below to:
Timo Soini, Jussi Halla-aho, Olli Immonen, Juho Eerola, Laura Hauhtasaari, Maria Lohela, Teuvo Hakkarainen, Päivi Räsänen, Tom Pakaclén, Maria Tolppanen, Mika Niikko, Vesa-Matti Saarakkala, Kari Rajamäki, Pia Kauma, Wille Rydman, Simon Elo, Sampo Terho, Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo, Hanna Mäntylä and many, many others.
All it takes is a picture or an unespected spark to action that changes everything instantly. If it isn’t this picture below there will be other opportunities that will at the end of the day expose them for what they are.
Mark my words, all it takes is a picture, an action, that will spark their demise and force their lies to come down in flames.
The post below may contain a disturbing image and text to some. Viewer discretion is advised.
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Migrant Tales writes: I don’t consider this picture disturbing. See the girl with the pink dress she is even considerate to your indifference. You can’t see her face. Ron Vandenbosch, who posted the story, told me that the original text in Dutch got similar reactions, even death threats.
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Here she is. One of those gold-diggers. She travelled on a boat to steal our prosperity. She wanted to cause unrest in our society. Because that’s what they do, those refugees, they cause misery and destruction.
Look at her. She was probably planning to carry out a terrorist attack. Many people from those countries are Muslim, you know, so the danger is real.
But look at her!
This is about people. Not numbers. People. Real people! Young people, young children even. People with dreams, hopes and aspirations. With fears. And with the simple desire to pursue happiness.
Here she is. In our blue Mediterranean Sea. And she is not the only one.
A few hours earlier she was probably hugging her mother. Her mother would have said that all would be fine. Don’t worry, darling. A better life is waiting for you on the other side. The world will be a better place. For you and for me and the entire human race. There are people out there who care and who share. The world is not just about wars, violence and terror. No! There are some countries where people are rather lucky and happy, and they certainly wouldn’t mind sharing a bit of that luck and happiness with us!
Look at her. In her pink dress. Perhaps her favourite dress. Maybe the one she would wear on her first day to school.
Unfortunately, her mother was wrong. Apparently, nobody really cares. Nobody wants to share.
Sorry about Europe. Sorry we are doing so little. Sorry we are so late. Sorry we don’t have time for you. We are terribly ashamed. Sorry that our stupid politicians in their infantile and petty narrow-mindedness don’t even have the smallest decency to leave behind their shameful xenophobic thoughts. Even not just for a minute to make the right decisions. Sorry so many of us voted for them. Sorry that they are not able to show just a little respect for this big human tragedy happening in our beautiful Mediterranean sea. It is happening right here, right now, at our doorstep.
It’s a shame!
Text translated and adapted from a Dutch text by Chris Klomp (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=982955581714490)
Picture from “Drowning for Freedom: Libya’s Migrant Jails” by Vice.com.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.
This Facebook posting was reprinted by Migrant Tales with permission.