However, great economic crisis and wars have made the life of many people worse. This has happened and is still happening everywhere.
For years now our seas have become routes for escaping from violence, wars and for finding a better place where to live. Italy, Greece and Spain have been reached by many poor people hoping for a better future. In some cases they live separated from the others, waiting for a special visa to continue their journey.
What is really sad is to see how many families try to come to Europe or leave from Mexico to reach the USA and their children are often not respected since they have no rights.
Some days ago we had to see the images of young children crying because they had been separated from their mothers in the USA. They were left alone and who knows what will happen to them.
Time created a special cover to describe the situation, a young child crying in front of President Trump. You can see some photos taken by the same photographer who took many pictures describing what is happening on the border between the Usa and Mexico
An early look at next week’s cover, "Yearning to Breathe Free," by Barry Blitt: https://t.co/xlzrHEXdNN pic.twitter.com/24SRk1AqlQ— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) 21 giugno 2018
Similarly also in Italy we have had a lot of young children who had left their country to reach places where they could find a better life. Some had left their families home and were hoping to go to the northern countries in Europe, but they had not been given permission to leave Italy. Often we have babies and mothers arriving here and they are separated from their husbands and fathers.
What is often forgotten is the fact that children should not be saparated from their families and that they have the right to education.
We do need to remember that 'No Man is an Island' and these words borrowed from a poem by John Donne -https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/island.html- remind us that we are part of the same world and that every child has the right to have a better life and should be given access to education.
If you watch the news or listen to the news you will see that the tragedy in our seas is continuing and that more and more we cannot cope with these tragedies. Educators need to help children and students to reflect on these global issues. The families are here or want to come and live in richer countries because they are in need. If we reject them we will not cope with the great contradictions of our age. Italy was a poor country in the past and many left for Germany,Switzerland , France and the USA. We hoped to find an open door. Most were given access and found a better life abroad.
The future of the world is in being open to accept the others.