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'We've got to open our eyes': Walking Dead's David Morrisey stands up for Middle East refugees living in fear

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Morrissey helps refugees off ship.

The Walking Dead actor David Morrissey's first glimpse with the coast guard is of a boat represented by tiny as a dot on a radar screen.

'Some of the children are numb and still and frozen with fear; they don't know where they are going, but they know where they have been,' expressed Morrissey.

"Some of the children are numb and still and frozen with fear; they don't know where they are going, but they know where they have been," expressed Morrissey.


MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - When Morrissey boarded the coast guard's boat in Lesvos, he already witnessed long lines of people registering in the capital Mytilene. Morrissey, who is in Greece with the United Nations Refugee Agency, came to discover how much the government, agencies and charities are struggling to cope with the influx of refugees.

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Actor and director David Morrissey lifts a child into the coast

The refugees Morrissey helped off the tormented ship were only some among hundreds of people arriving to the Greek island every day. Most displaced people run from the terrors that have overcome Syria and its neighboring countries, due to the civil war and the rise of ISIS.

"Some of the children are numb and still and frozen with fear; they don't know where they are going, but they know where they have been," expressed Morrissey.

The people who are displaced and running away from the crisis are becoming more and more vulnerable. The very act of crossing the sea puts them in others' hands and at the mercy of people smugglers who charge thousands and could care less if the passengers survive the death-defying journey.

The refugee children are those at most risk. Some children have traveled across continents without the protection and guidance from their parents.

"There is definitely a danger of disease. There is a lot of frustration and anger there," stated Morrissey. "The generosity and support is definitely there. The coast guards are doing their best in a terrible situation."

The UK is expected to soon accommodate its fair share of refugees, Morrissey explained, "We have got to open our eyes. It is so stark in reality you are moved by it. We have seen images like this in the past - famines and stuff like that - but this is our crisis. It is happening here.

Europe has wealthy and sophisticated countries: they have to be able to sort it out."


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