Justin Welby, Archbishop Of Canterbury, appears to be a more publicly outspoken priest for the oppressed masses than his recent predecessors seemed to be. I do not want to be a spoiler, but, I do wonder just what affects his words would have, uttered as they are, in these isles, far, far, away from the awful trouble spots that are exercising many of us. He rightly points out that the focus of destruction is not just on Christian communities, though, it is those which have come into our focus because the Christian religious group has appeared to be singled out, for now, (which group will it be tomorrow?) and has been suffering dreadfully. The Archbishop described the dead as Christian Martyrs. Archbishop Justin Welby's summary of the politics is interesting, as is his choice of language.
The Middle East is complex, it is a melting pot for which no single
answer will do. As if to illustrate this. I heard the following report.
A report on BBC radio this morning highlighted the plight and
fortitude of the Syrian refugee children, who, from the age of 4 years
old, are taken by open lorries to work on farms, harvesting whatever is
in the fields. Their work is unprotected and supervised by an overseer.
Supervision consists of threatening to dock earnings if they do not
fulfill their quotas of work. I do not know who sets those. When the
children return to the camps they are given some schooling. The refugee
community want their children to have some education, not to be totally
disadvantaged and lost. It speaks volumes.
UNICEF, whose work is vital, are constantly fund raising to save the children.