A Friday plea
This week has been a bit of a funny one. On the one hand it’s been great – I’ve seen friends and enjoyed spending time with Theo, who really does get more fun every day. But on the other hand I almost can’t bear to turn the news on right now. So for this week, there’s no link love, just a plea.
The image of the little Syrian boy’s body being moved off the beach is just one of the saddest things I have seen. The refugee crisis has been building for weeks, but this one powerful image seems to finally be moving people into action. I think Channel 4 described it best when Jon Snow said that these are not just ‘refugees’ or ‘immigrants’, they are people, they are desperate, and they need our help. While I’m celebrating Theo turning eight months, there are mothers who are boarding dangerously full boats with their infants, not sure if they’ll survive the trip, but still feeling it’s worth the risk. I can’t even imagine that state of mind. We are so fortunate in this country.
There are a lot of conversations taking place about how many immigrants our country can bear, and I think that these are important discussions to have, but these are exceptional circumstances. The incredibly generous welcome that Germany is giving them, both as a country and as individuals, who are inviting refugees into their homes and queuing up to donate supplies, should shame us.
Of COURSE we should be looking to solve the root problem, as he suggests, but in the meantime, millions of people are being displaced. These people are not trying to come to England to ‘take our jobs’ or get a council house – they are trying to escape desperate conditions, where their homes and jobs may have been destroyed by bombs, and their lives are at risk. They look to Europe as a place of safety, and instead have leaders like David Cameron telling them there’s no more room at the inn.
Please sign the petition encouraging our government to allow England to take in more asylum seekers. Over 100,000 people have already signed, so it will be considered for debate in parliament, but if you believe that we should help, sign it anyway to show that UK citizens want to do more.