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We Are Judged by the Way We Treat the Weak

Αssociated Press

Homeless Afghan refugee Ayoub Husseini, who has lost the use of his legs after a construction accident, sits on a blanket with his belongings on the terrace of a commercial building on the island of Lesbos. Greece, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The tragic story of an Afghan refugee who arrived in Moria, presented by the Associated Press, brings us face to face with our human nature.

It reminds us that while we must first and foremost protect our own country, our own people who have been ruined by the many thousands of refugees who have flooded Lesvos and specifically the village of Moria, we must not forget that many of these people are in fact people in great need.

We must not forget that among the bad there are good people who need help.

Shortly after the fire that destroyed Moria, two brothers -  about 20 years old - were left on the street.

One, Ayoub, has been paralyzed from the waist down after an accident at a construction site in Iran.

He did not give up. He wanted to go to Europe for treatment. With the help of his brother he arrived in Lesvos, hoping to continue to other European countries.

They traveled 3,000 kilometers (1,850 miles) until they reached Lesvos - with whatever means or way they found possible.

His brother told the AP that at least two people are needed to help Ayoub go to the bathroom and wash himself, adding that the nearest point for clean water is three kilometers away from where they are now staying.

So tell me, who do we help first? It is a very difficult question. How do you choose to save one person over another? And yet, there must be some criteria.

I have no doubt that the Greek authorities are doing their best. But other European countries need to help more. They are offering crumbs in the face of the magnitude of the practical and humanitarian problem.

And let us keep in mind that above all else, we must judge our actions and our own selves.