Why aren’t the oil-rich Arab states taking in refugees?

STEVE CANAVAN: Take note of why I love this country so much

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I don’t think any photograph has upset me as much as the image of that poor little boy washed up on a beach in Turkey after his parents had failed in their attempts to reach Greece in a small, overloaded boat.

How bad must their life have been back in Syria for them to take such a perilous journey in the first place?

The image of poor little Aylan Kurdi’s body should be bringing shame to those rich, neighbouring Arab countries

And what of the poor father, watching his wife and two small children drown in front of him, unable to save them?

I cannot begin to imagine what that must have been like for him.

How can he live with himself after burying his whole family back in their home town?

The biggest issue now is how to make refugees no longer want to make such terrible journeys.

With Germany saying this week it will take 500,000 a year for several years, is this not encouraging more to travel?

Syria is in the middle of a bloody, awful war where the current regime are bombing indiscriminately, whether it’s against their enemies or their own people.

Then these people also have to deal with the brutality of the so-called Islamic State.

I can understand why Europe is so tempting for them.

We are at peace, we are comparatively wealthy, we have jobs if you want them and we have a generous benefits and healthcare system.

What I cannot understand is why the other oil-rich Arab states are doing absolutely nothing whilst all this is carrying on.

Why don’t you see the likes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates taking in refugees and why aren’t we making sure that they do their fair share?

As we buy their oil and they drive around London in their flash Ferraris and Lamborghinis, we should remember they are doing nothing to help the millions fleeing war and persecution.

The image of poor little Aylan Kurdi’s body should be bringing shame to those rich, neighbouring Arab countries.

If it doesn’t, we should make sure that it does.

This crisis is everyone’s problem, not just the caring few.