Photographer's Note

The wave of refugees is now traversing Croatia and are unable to go any further as Slovenia has prevented entry. Do they go back to Serbia or try to get into Hungary past the Croat-Hungarian border where the razor wire fence is not up as yet? If unable to get into Hungary, are they going to be stuck in Croatia? Meanwhile the big players who were instrumental in destabilising the whole of the Middle East are absent by their silence. So little countries like Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia are to find a solution to this crisis all by themselves, regardless of the fact that the vatican has offered a few beds to Syrian refugees.

My prayer is that compassion be shown to these distraught people who have seen death and destruction and who have lost their homes and family members. Of course the nations that brag about preserving Christian values conveniently paint all these desperate people as terrorists and a threat to the status quo in Europe. By sticking labels on the misfortune we no longer see the mother, the child, the worried and crying father, the young man who had lost 20 kilos since leaving Syria.
The so called Christians should remember the story of the Good Samaritan before they speak in Jesus's name..

The photo was taken inside St Patrick's Cathedral in Ballarat, a place significant to me as it is here that the funeral services had been held over the years for many Croatians of my father's generation who had settled in Ballarat (most of whom were refugees).

I include part of an article which appeared in New York Times:

"The Balkans is an area that has not recovered fully from the wars in the 1990s and the countries of the region remain in limbo in terms of European integration," said Danilo Turk, former president of Slovenia and a former UN assistant secretary general for political affairs.
Countries are also loath to be lectured about showing solidarity with refugees by the European Union, when Hungary, a member nation, has built a 109-mile razor-wire fence to keep migrants out.

President Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia on Friday railed at members of the bloc for their hypocrisy, selfishness and lack of leadership in the face of the migration crisis. He said it was "absurd" that Serbia respected European standards more than those who are members and who are now "almost out of control without receiving any criticism, advice, or order from Brussels."

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