ROSZKE, HUNGARY – The growing refugee crisis in Europe may have reached a tipping point as refugees from wars in the Middle East and North Africa continue their flight.
Sixteen thousand entered Austria over the weekend. All of Germany expects to take 800,000 this year.
But Austria and Germany now say they may have to lower their expectations.
That said, France’s Francois Hollande says his country will take 24,000.
And Britain’s prime minister David Cameron says he country will resettle 20,000.
The United Nations estimates 366,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe on ships, boats, rubber rafts, anything that floats.
Forty-three years ago, 9-year-old Kim Phuc became “Napalm Girl,” the face of the Vietnam War’s humanitarian crisis, because of a picture of her running naked down a street after a napalm attack.
It was the 1972 version of a viral photo.
She now lives in Canada where she is a UN goodwill ambassador. She shared her story in church over the weekend, then talked about the photos and video of the 3-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach last week.
“I cried a lot,” she said. “Why do more innocent children have to die like that? And i know that that picture will wake up the whole world."
The world may be waking up, but the nightmare is far from over.