The faces of migrants are eagerly captured by the lenses of photojournalists and videographers when they arrive in Europe. Their features — hopeful, joyful, anxious, angry, or bored — excite the sympathies of the Western public. Strangely enough, the “refugees” are generally not hungry-looking or ill-clad. They wear expensive shoes and clothes and carry the latest hand-held electronic devices. The young men look fit and trim as they smile for the cameras.
But there are sometimes other photographic images of these same young men, taken when they were back home in Syria or Iraq. Back then they weren’t wearing Nikes, and were carrying something other than babies and water bottles.
The following report from Czech Independent TV focuses on images of the former lives of some of these New Europeans — images that they probably wish had stayed safely buried.
|11:02||Here, in the next part of today’s TV|
|11:06||Magazine, we will show you a|
|11:11||series of pictures in which you can see for yourselves|
|11:15||those new members of this European family.|
|11:20||They are said to be said to be fleeing from the horrors of war, from being shot,|
|11:24||from destruction. Their conditions there are unbearable|
|11:28||as they come across the Mediterranean, crawl across borders,|
|11:32||and they must therefore be placed in their new homes.|
|11:36||Well, in these pictures, coming up soon,|
|11:41||you can see for yourselves who they truly are|
|11:45||these poor refugees, fleeing war,|
|11:50||and how it is necessary to help them. Just as we had said a little while ago that|
|11:54||NATO is letting its mask slip,|
|11:58||showing that it itself is the one who is supporting|
|12:02||the Islamic State. Turkey, which has always menaced Europe,|
|12:07||is taking an active part in this. Similarly, we can now look|
|12:11||at these pictures here. I’ll get them ready and we’ll show them in a moment.|
|12:15||Please, look carefully – because you will see there that refugee|
|12:20||as you know him today, from the photos of his arrival here,|
|12:24||how he is made to suffer here in the most modern and perfectly clean and ironed clothing,|
|12:28||equipped with iPads, iPhones,|
|12:32||telephones. And, at that time, we will look at his|
|12:37||history, what he looked like when he was still|
|12:41||back in his homeland, the very one he should be in now, defending it.