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.