(E MINUS 140) 1 NOVEMBER 2015 #7 TRAGEDY ON THE AEGEAN — AMERICA MUST HELP

CLICK TO WATCH THIS HEART-STOPPING VIDEO. On 28 October 2015, just weeks after this video, a small boat overloaded with refugees capsized in the Aegean Sea between the coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Lesvos. Many were rescued, but at least 11, including 5 children, drowned. Dozens are missing. This tragic story is becoming all too common as refugees flee for their lives principally from Syria and Afghanistan through Turkey, then in dangerous crossings over the Aegean to Greece and the rest of Europe. I’ve just sent this e-mail to my two Washington State Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell: My dear Senators, Patty and Maria, I’ve just watched a video of people coming ashore from overcrowded rubber boats … Read More

(E MINUS 144) 28 OCTOBER 2015 #6 I MYSELF WAS A REFUGEE … TWICE

I was myself once a refugee — actually I was a refugee twice. On New Year’s Day 1942 my mother with my two-year-old sister in her arms, my eight-year-old brother, and I (age seven), were rushed by Pop (as we always called our father) to the last ship leaving Rangoon before the Japanese occupation of Burma. The Japanese had already begun bombing Rangoon, so the ship, expecting another bombing, was already in mid-stream, and a police launch took us out to it just in time. We left everything, except what Mother and her three children could carry. We left Pop on the dock. (He walked out some months later.) Arriving in Calcutta we were taken in by British Baptist missionaries. … Read More