A few days ago I saw an image that hasn’t left my mind. Three year old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body washed ashore, drowned, after the overcrowded boat he was on with his family capsized. His older brother, five year old Galip Kurdi suffered the same fate as did the boys' mother.
The boat the family had boarded was carrying them from war torn Syria bound for the Greek island of Kos. Sadly, their journey did not end in jubilation that they had fled to safety but has ended in a tragedy that has touched the hearts of many.
Dead because they sought refuge, to escape from a life that we can not really comprehend. To seek a better life, a safe life.
A life without fear.
''You have to understand that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land''-Warsan Shire
When I saw the image it gave me the impetus I needed to do something and I know so many others had that feeling too. Together with hundreds of fellow bloggers we have come up with the following idea but readers, please, we need YOUR help. We need everyone to join us and unite to raise money and awareness.
To join in is simple:
- Take a picture of your child holding a sign with the message ‘It could have been me’ #SaveSyriasChildren
- Upload it to as many social media sites as you can-we need this to go viral
- Donate £5 by texting the word SYRIA to 70008
What if this were you or I? It could so easily be happening to all of us too. These people are real: Someone’s mother, father, sister, brother...
It could have been any one of us.
The children of Syria are facing one of the worst humanitarian crises that the world has ever seen. Children are dying on our doorstep and we must take action. Pledge your support today for those fleeing war and persecution.
Beautiful words Amy and you are one in a million for setting all this up so quickly. xx
Gorgeous post Amy and such a moving video, I feel so sad watching it. Well done to Alexandra. Thanks for all your hard work precious lady. xxxxxxxxxxx
Thank you for setting this up so quickly. Such beautiful words and a lovely campaign for a much deserving cause that really needs our help fast. #SaveSyriasChildren
Thanks so much for rallying the blogging community to come together for such a vital cause lovely lady. YOU ROCK xxx
Sara @ Handy Herbs
Fabulous post! What a great thing to do! I hope the campaign is successful. The video is particularly touching.
Just tweeted a link to your post, honey. Well done for initiating this mass bloggers' 'virtual get together' to raise more funds (and awareness...). x
A superb campaign turned round at very impressive speed. You should feel very proud of your efforts Amy (...and all the others involved in organising this.(Sorry, I don't know all of them but do pass on my comments!).
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Amy, thank you so much for all of your hard work. You did a brilliant job with this and you really galvanised the rest of us into doing something to help.
Thank you very much I really appreciate you saying that. So pleased you joined in x
Sorry I haven't commented before now - still catching up after holidays. Thank you so much for working so hard on this campaign, I felt honoured to be a part of it. As I said before, seeing the video of Aylan has been permanently marked in my mind and I think it's great that you organised this and helped to raise so much money for the save the children's Syria campaign. Well done once again lovely xx
Oh gosh Nat, I can’t believe they showed the video where you were. That makes me so sad. I am so proud of everyone who took part and really grateful that you put so much effort in even though you were on holiday xx