It is one year since the photograph of a drowned Syrian toddler made news around the world and created a tidal wave of compassion and human kindness. Although hardness of heart left some people unmoved, for the most part people were intensely saddened by the photograph and by the depths of despair Syrian refugees were experiencing. It brought home in a way nothing else could the severe hardship that nation’s refugees were undergoing.  “A picture is worth a thousand words,” so the saying goes, and this particular photo spoke volumes. But I think there is also a danger of too much exposure, causing people to experience compassion fatigue. We are all only human after all and there is only so much heartache we can reasonably bear before we grow numb to the pain of others. That said, I hope and pray that people will continue to do their best to provide support for people fleeing war and disasters, whatever the cause may be. I firmly believe we are all connected and what hurts one hurts us all.  As my mother often quoted, “There, but for the grace of God, go I”. Let us not get so complacent in our peaceful, safe abodes that we cannot offer a helping hand for those who sorely need it.



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