Why does it take the deaths of 900 people for us to pay attention to asylum seekers? 

Sarah Beattie-Smith

being humanThe headlines this morning were all about “EU ministers meet for talks” and “pressure on politicians” after an estimated 900 people drowned between Libya and Italy. Some other commentators focused on anti-immigrant rhetoric being responsible for the deaths, yet the common theme was that almost no news outlet talked about the people who perished as human beings – as people with families, a mind, a past, and now no future – or about the reasons why they were making their way to Europe in the first place.

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