PBS NewsHour covered the plight of Syrian Kurdish refugees, including the story of a three-year-old boy named Zakur who refused to flee with his family unless he could take his pet pigeons with him. "He was afraid the fighters would kill them," his brother said. "He kept crying. Our mother said, 'Just bring them with you.'"
For the record, these are not the kinds of pigeons you see on city streets, but sleek, affectionate, beautifully feathered pets who nestle lovingly in the crook of the boy's arms. He's barely bigger than they are.
|Zakur and two of his three pet pigeons.|
How do young parents, struggling to flee their war-torn country with four children, manage to imagine the souls of pigeons? I can barely formulate the question, let alone answer it.
The two young parents, the four young children and the three sleek pigeons appear to be in very good condition. We can pray for them, but it's probably more useful if we ask what so many other NewsHour viewers are surely thinking tonight: Can we not find room for Zakur and his family and pets here? Because, let's face it, people who are lugging pigeons around Iraq to keep their three-year-old from crying are not designed for fighting, and they deserve some safety, and that area doesn't seem safe. At all. You can see video of the family here.