We don’t stare, but we must not look away.

“Only an accident of birth determines whether we find our way in a suburb in the United States or in Syria or Eritrea; we can’t pretend it was our excellent judgment and hard work at school that allows us to worry about holding our children’s hands as we cross the street rather than as we cross the ocean. When I read a story like that of the Kurdi family, all I can do is to find a way to respect their tragedy, to mark it and not let it pass unnoticed, but not to pretend it is in any way my own. Our collective outrage may make a difference; it is all we have to offer. We don’t stare, but we must not look away.” –KJ Dell’Antonia

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