I found the photo below in the Oct 19, 2015 issue of Time, which covered the movement of some 60 million refugees on the move worldwide right now. I found this photo and others in the magazine documenting the masses of refugees trying desperately to get to safety and a chance to start over in a new country, riveting.
I have a 9-year-old son. If I had been living in Syria or Turkmenistan, Abdullah could have been my son, or I may very well have been one of the countless fathers who recently piled their families on overloaded boats, hoping against hope for the best. I could have been the father of the 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi whose little body washed up on Turkey’s shore couple of months ago and riveted the world’s attention on the massive humanitarian crisis that has been playing out in that region of the world for some years now.
This would have been the case especially if I were a Christian in Syria or Iraq. Targeted by the ISIS and other extremists, many Christians have had to flee the only homes they have known, join the throngs on the move, and try to make their way to a new life elsewhere.