this ethiopian prince

Prince AlemayehuSometimes we get a glimpse into history. Maaza Mengiste writes about a young Ethiopian boy, whose remains are kept in the United Kingdom. Attempts have been made to get his remains back to his country of origin. To no avail. 

The next step in this story by Maaza Mengiste is present situation of refugees. She writes: “Yet there is nothing graceful about the overloaded boats heading towards Europe.” Indeed, nothing graceful (or is it an act of grace to have arrived in Europe or the United States?)

May I add:

There is nothing graceful about dictatorial regimes in Northern Africa.
There is nothing graceful about dictatorial regimes in the Near East.
There is nothing graceful about warring factions in Syria and Iraq.
There is nothing graceful about human traffickers.
There is nothing graceful about countries in the Islamic heartland who accept only a few refugees. 
There is nothing graceful about refugee-camps in Jordan and Lebanon.

We need more grace, not just in Europe, but in other places as well. 

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