I’m on holiday at the moment in Spain, Oliver has been to the beach for the first time and enjoyed swimming in the sea and building sandcastles. He’s lucky, he was born in Britain. Born in the EU. Those born in Syria are not so fortunate. They are fleeing, taking risks with their lives, their children’s lives because it is safer than living in Syria. They don’t have the security that we do. We need to save them.
The moment of seeing Aylan’s body on the beach was particularly poignant for me, he is almost the same age as Oliver and we had just got back from having fun at the beach; I held Oliver tight. It could have been us, that could have been him. It could have been R mourning the loss of his family.
We are in Spain at the moment, a country full of rumours of corruption within government and extreme poverty – if they weren’t in the EU, if they didn’t have that safety net, how would the people of Spain be reacting? My Dad lives here with a Spanish friend and they have both spent the past few days telling us about Spain’s problems, the poverty that many are facing here. But they’re lucky, they have the safety net of the EU, they have freedom to be economic migrants within the EU, freedom to cross borders. At Calais they can simply take a train or ferry across the water to Britain, they don’t need to risk their lives to migrate and their
Iives aren’t in immediate danger here.
And here lies the message, we are lucky, it could have been us.
There’s lots you could do from the comfort of your own home.
Please don’t turn a blind eye.
Do something to help.
Whatever you decide, don’t choose apathy.
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