Milk of human kindness; a Greek village shows the way

20/08/2016 (Al Arabiya – UAE by Ehtesham Shahid*): For every Omran Daqneesh episode that occasionally moves us to tears, there are hundreds of refugee children around the world who carry stories of horror and survival. These fortunate ones have either been escorted by their parents to safety or, in some cases, rescued by people not even remotely known to them. Several such stories have unfolded in Europe and elsewhere in the West. In the streets of Greece’s port town of Mytilene, Arabic is said to have surpassed Greek as the dominant language. Its not the same story everywhere though. Switzerland’s Oberwil-Lieli – one of Europe’s wealthiest villages – has refused to accept asylum seekers and has instead voted to pay a hefty fine. However, New York Times reported a particularly striking story few days ago. The story unfolds in a tiny Greek village called Skala Sikaminias. Last year, a handful of fishermen belonging to this village encountered hapless families, small children in tow, turning up on its shores, desperately seeking asylum. The village’s 100-odd residents not just welcomed these refugees with open arms they did everything they could to help them make a new beginning. Soon, a remote sleepy hamlet came alive and the struggle for existence was met with acts of kindness and empathy for fellow humans. Despite challenges, bonhomie prevailed…

*Ehtesham Shahid is Managing Editor at Al Arabiya English

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/world/2016/08/20/Milk-of-human-kindness-a-Greek-village-shows-the-way.html

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