Facebook bans photos of Europe’s refugee crisis


Families at a makeshift camp for displaced Syrian refugees, set up along the Turkish border close to the village of Atme.
Families at a makeshift camp for displaced Syrian refugees, set up along the Turkish border close to the village of Atme.

Facebook has banned the photos of the Europe’s refugee crisis  that saw last week, approximately 150 bodies of migrant refugees from Palestine and Syria many of them children washed up on the Libyan side of the Mediterranean Sea.

The refugees drowned to death after their boat capsized, likely heading to Europe to escape desperate situations in their home countries.

The surfacing of these photos came on the heels of the discovery of 71 migrant refugee corpses 59 men, 8 women, and 4 children found in the back of a truck in Austria.

Facebook user Khaled Barakeh uploaded the photos to facebook in an album. Within the first 24 hours, the album received 90,000 shares before Facebook deleted them.

Most of the migrants come from war-torn countries like Syria, Sudan, Libya, and Palestine — all of which have experienced a military campaign either led or sponsored by the US in the last three years.

Since 2001, when the War on Terror was declared, the U.S. military’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has increased its personnel from 30,000 to 70,000 members. Sub-commands of SOCOM include the Africa-based SOCAFRICA, SOCEUR, and SOCCENT and CENTCOMM, both of which are actively waging secretive military campaigns in the Middle East.

Europe hasn’t seen a refugee crisis of this magnitude since the end of World War II, when roughly half a million displaced Jews liberated from concentration camps had no place to call home.

Meanwhile UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to governments to step up their response to Europe’s migrant crisis. He also announced a special UN General Assembly meeting to discuss the status of refugees in Europe.

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