Enough is enough.
As you will no doubt have seen in the newspaper or on the news over the last few months, the Syrian refugee crisis is very real. As we sit in our comfy, warm homes, there are thousands upon thousands of Syrian families trying to escape the bloodshed in their hometowns and have been forced out to neighbouring countries and further afield in an attempt to survive.
I won’t begin to understand the crisis or the war in Syria. It’s far too removed for me to even rationalise it but what I have seen on the news is disturbing and upsetting imagery of the utter desperation of families (just like mine and yours) trying to escape the bloodshed and violence, trying to escape death. The war in Syria is real. The struggle to survive as a Syrian is real.
This week an image of a little boy washed up on the beach in Turkey hit the headlines. It came up on my Facebook newsfeed and I was horrified and it broke my heart. Once you see an image like that you can’t just unsee it. He was escaping with his family in fear for their lives trying to get to Europe for a safer life. His name was Aylan. He was just three years old. Just a few months older than my own son. His Mum and older brother, Galip, aged just five years old, drowned too. The crowded boat they had hoped would take them to safety capsized and unable to swim, they lost their lives.
No Parent would ever consider putting their child in such danger if they didn’t have a choice. I can’t imagine the sheer horror and pain of having to take your child away from their homes in the clothes that they stand up in to escape such terror. I would hope that if the tables were turned and my family were in such a position that someone in Europe would help us. That little boy washed up dead on the beach could have been my Son. It could have been us. It could have been YOU.
We need to help them. We have to help them. They need our help.
Whilst alone we cannot do anything about the war in Syria, we can help the thousands of displaced Syrians in their desperate struggle to survive across Europe in dirty camps with little or no supplies. But you can help, there are things you can do to help.
You can donate
Can you send / donate supplies?
If you’re in a position to be able to send supplies to the refugee camps, there are numerous drop offs being organised around the country that you can get involved in. The Guardian has a great article giving further information which you can read here about groups that have been set up to accept donations of clothes, food, blankets, sanitary supplies, tents and cooking essentials.
I have found a group on Facebook set up by a lady who lives in Kos. She is organising supplies for the refugees who are landing on the island from the open seas (check out the group Kos Kindness) and the support is overwhelming and reassuring that there is love out there. I’ve also just navigated a Kos online supermarket and ordered nappies, wipes and bottles for the Syrian children in Kos who have nothing. My greek isn’t up to much at all but I’ve ordered some basics and hope they go a small way to helping the effort out there.
Whatever you do, please don’t just read and run. If we all did something, just imagine the difference we could make!