The refugee crisis

Such an emotive and upsetting topic. Highly political, which is terrible when we’re talking about real people with real emotions and real issues. This is not a vote winner or loser. This is real life.

Migrants and refugeesWhen did we become so desensitised at pictures of dead people who have drowned in a desperate bid to get to safety?

When did we lose our compassion?

When did we become so inhuman?

I saw a post on Facebook today which resonated with me and would, I’m sure, with a lot of people. The crux from the person posting was that she had her life’s necessities and some life luxuries and that she wanted to donate the “spare” money that she had to help those in need. She also acknowledged that these thoughts will pass, as they do, because we’re not living and breathing the situation.

How many of us look at a photograph and it pulls our heartstrings, but 5 minutes later we’re bemoaning how long it is until lunchtime or that it’s raining outside? I know I’m guilty.

We’ve been indoctrinated for so long against immigrants and their loose morals and their job stealing, benefit scrounging ways that we no longer see people as people. They’re just an enemy who will be a drain on our resources. They’re just pictures in the press. They’re just statistics that increase in numbers and displease the government because they’ve missed a target.

They’re none of those things. They’re human beings.

If you would like to help, Dawn O’Porter is raising money and accepting donations via an Amazon wishlist which she is helping to co-ordinate and send to the refugee camps in Calais. You can read more about it and find links to donate here

As Dawn says: “We don’t believe that any human beings should have to live that way, so we want to help them. No matter where you sit politically, we believe that we have an obligation to at least keep other people dry and fed.”

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3 thoughts on “The refugee crisis

  1. EllenL says:

    Here, here. I read a comment on FB that riled me up yesterday and sadly it had been made by an in-law. These people should be heralded for their bravery at making it as far as they have with the little resources they have, having made the heart breaking decision to leave the comfort of their home land, to trek thousands and thousands of miles in god knows what conditions to be given a mere taste of the comfort and safety that we luxuriate in day after day. I asked my husband yesterday “Imagine if it was us who had to leave our house and all our possessions behind to flee miles and miles away because we didn’t feel safe enough to live in our own country anymore? It’s not like going to live in Spain in a villa!”…that got him thinking!!! And it occurred to me earlier that the government are spending millions and millions on rail networks that no-one needs or wants but could put the money into buying and doing up all uninhabitable properties across the country and finding places for these people to live! F*cking government and their f*cking priorities!
    WE’RE ALL HUMAN BEINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *breathe*

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    • This, tatt and the other says:

      A friend of mine mentioned the railway thing, which is completely unnecessary regardless of the cost. “We” (the government) spend money in completely the wrong places.

      It also pisses me off when people slag off immigrants. They’re not all illegal and living on benefits. Manyof them do jobs that British nationals would turn their noses up at. I can’t see many British people standing outside in the freezing cold in the middle of winter washing cars like the Albanian lads at my local car wash.

      These same people would fully expect to be able to move abroad and use foreign services as an ex pat. What’s the difference?

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      • EllenL says:

        I hate the term “ex-pat”. Anyone who lives in Malaga, in a 6 bedroom villa, who goes out to buy The Sun and expects to get a roast dinner on Sunday while contributing nothing to their new country, worse than anyone who comes over here because they feel they have no other choice. Because they might die if they don’t.

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