The latest play in the long running propaganda war over mass migration involves the improbable tale of 17-year-old Aslan and his Husky puppy Rose.
Featuring in the latest slickly-produced, HD-video out of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) social media department, Aslan claims to have walked 300 miles with his pet pup.
Just what Aslan is fleeing and how desperate his plight is isn’t elucidated upon, but his pristine white shoes and well-fed countenance suggests he hasn’t had the most arduous of journeys.
“Humanising” the migrant crisis and neatly packaging it for consumption in the West, the caption accompanying the UNHCR video on Facebook, which has been viewed 2.7 million times in the past two days reads “Many animal lovers will relate to this 17-year-old boy from Damascus, Syria… When forced to flee home because of war, many people would never dream of leaving their pets behind”.
Speaking to the camera, Aslan recounts: “I love this dog! I need him… they said, ‘you can’t take your dog’, but I have food, I have water, I have everything”.
It is not quite known where Aslan acquire a Husky puppy in Syria, nor how he would have brought it to Europe with him, given that Muslims, who form the majority of people making the journey, perceive dogs to be unclean animals who void good deeds. The UNHCR seems unconcerned however, as it presents Aslan and his little dog as yet another reason for West nations to open their borders to unlimited numbers of migrants.
The video comes as attitudes harden towards migrants across Europe, and leaders look to alternatives to welcoming unlimited migration to the continent.
Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister who enjoys the distinction of having the largest electoral mandate of any European leader, has today warned Europe faces the “brutal threat”: “Our borders are under threat, our life based on a respect for laws… and the whole of Europe. We are being overrun”.
The negative reaction across Europe to the hundreds of thousands expected to arrive this year has prompted some European nations to seek an alternative solution. Sending envoys to Turkey, European Union nations Germany, Italy, and France are considering sending the gateway nation money to keep the two million asylum seekers who have moved there from Syria.