Over last few days it has been hard to ignore the plight of the Syrian refugees who are migrating across Europe, fleeing from their war-torn country.It was the images of children being washed up on the beach, which I shared and Facebook then later banned, that started the anger and which led to tears .I know it was probably insensitive of me to share them, but it was that image really brought home how desperate the situation was getting to save Syria’s children.
A couple of days past and I carried sharing videos like this from Banksy, the renowned British graffiti artist and political activist.
The sharing of posts quickly escalated across facebook until the media shared the photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian Kurd from Kobani.Aylan’s body had been washed up on the beach.The photo captured his lifeless body was being carried out of the water.
I cried until I couldn’t see any more.
I’m crying again now.
He drowned after the 15-foot boat ferrying him from the Turkish beach resort of Bodrum to the Greek island of Kos capsized shortly before dawn on Wednesday, killing 12 passengers. Aylan’s 5-year-old brother, Galip, and his mother, Rehan, were also among the dead. His father, Abdullah, was the only family member to survive.
It was ‘that photo’ that began many people asking for people to be more considerate and not to share it on Facebook.
That angered me.
I then decided I needed to do something.I couldn’t do sit back and do nothing to save Syria’s children.
I asked in a Facebook group if anyone was willing to rally around to help take clothes etc to Calais, where the closest refugee camp is to the U.K.
Long story short, the parent blogging community have come together to help Save The Children with their child refugee crisis appeal.
— Save the Children UK (@savechildrenuk) September 3, 2015
I’m sure you’ve been affected by the images, both photos and video that have been shared across social media, printed in newspapers and the news on television.
Please TEXT 70008 and the word SYRIA to donate £5. Please read Save The Children’s terms and conditions.
Web donations can be made at the following:
Syria emergency appeal
At 9am today there will be a launch of a mass social media campaign across all platforms. You will see a change in profile pictures, a black and white photograph of our child/children holding up a piece of paper with the words:
‘It could have been me’
‘It could have been us’
We’ll be using the hashtag #SaveSyriasChildren.
With the following message added:
Please don’t turn a blind eye.
Do Something to help.
Whatever you decide, don’t choose apathy.
#SaveSyriasChildren To donate £5 please text SYRIA to 70008
I’ll be writing another post on how else I’m helping with the save Syria’s children appeal, so please look out if you’re a crocheter or knitter.