A photo can sometimes be all that people need to relate to an issue affecting so many throughout the world today.
Yesterday a photo emerged on social media of the Famine statues located at the Dublin’s docklands. This image had been altered to include a Syrian mother holding the hands of her two children.
The image immediately sparked interest online with many feeling it brought the refugee crisis right home. The haunting image draws a comparison to the plight millions of Irish faced during the Great Famine where approximately 1 million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island’s population to fall by between 20% and 25%.
Online groups have now begun a petition to see the Irish Government take greater steps in helping to deal with the crisis.
The Irish have been known over the years for their donations towards humanitarian aid, and many now feel this crisis is too close to home. The coffin ships that we once read about have returned this time on the Mediterranean seas.