Aren’t We All Morally Repugnant In Being Unmoved By The Latest Migrant Drowning?

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readAug 15

If they were billionaires, would our apathy be the same?

Image via Twitter

Forty-one dead.

That’s the number this time.

Unlike the wealthy folks who perished in June, there’s been no outcry from the wider world.

Not even from Al-Jazeera which has been quite exceptional at covering human interest stories better than the BBC, CNN or Fox News.

Or from the usual virtue-signalling folks on Twitter.

Here in Britain, the reaction was actually quite telling: Lee Anderson, an extreme right-wing politician was unequivocally clear about what he thinks on the latest mishap, which was to say that they should fuck off back to France and no one said a word or batted an eyelid.

And yet, when the much attacked left-wing politician, Diane Abbott tweeted the image below, lots of people in the country took exception to her message, jumping on her use of the language to describe our collective loss of humanity:

Image via Twitter

Now contrast our reaction to the dead refugees with what took place in the month of June when the multi-billionaires perished, trying to locate the titanic submersible.

Billions (pardon my pun, again) of column inches were generated by the preeminent media houses on why wealthy folks dying on a pointless expedition was of the greatest importance to the rest of us.

If the same effort was directed to covering the stories of folks fleeing persecution from repressive governments and war zones, the French, Italian and the British governments would handle the mass drowning properly.

But to the back to the basis of this article: aren’t we all morally repugnant in being unmoved by the latest migrant drowning?

The short and sad answer is yes.

Our apathy stinks from a mile off.

We may say that we care about the plight of refugees, but the truth is that we really don’t.

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible