I’m sure everyone has now seen the shocking but sad image of three year old Aylan Kurdi on the beach and his lifeless body being taken away. I’m sure this has touched a cord with many people, especially parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents world wide. That could of been their child, their niece or nephew, their grandchild.
Aylan Kurdi was washed up on the beach after he was on a dingy with his mother, his father and his siblings. His father survived the tragic and harrowing incident. They were trying to escape the conflict of Syria in the last four years (2011) of conflict and war over 200,000 people have lost their lives. More than 11 million have been forced to leave their homes.
Almost 4 million people have fled Syria since the start of the conflict, most of them women and children. It is one of the largest refugee exoduses in recent history. Neighbouring countries have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis, with Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey struggling to accommodate the flood of new arrivals. The exodus accelerated dramatically in 2013, as conditions in Syria deteriorated.
In Syria many children are unable to attend school, 10,000 Children have been killed and almost 6 million children are in need of humanitarian aid according to Save The Children.
Since the image of Aylan Kurdi has been in the media many appeals have been started to provide food, clothes and essential items for people in the refugee camps.
How would we all feel if it was the United Kingdom we were fleeing and countries where closing their boarders to us? How would we feel if the only way to keep our children safe from war, hunger was to take them across the borders, even though it could mean risking their life in a way we thought was safe.
We are living in a lucky country which is free from war and conflict. We have fresh food and water, we can buy new clothes, we can step out of our own door feeling safe. We have a benefits system which can help us when we get stuck. We have a lovely NHS system which is great when we are poorly and need medical care.
The people of Syria have nothing at the moment. No schools, no medical care, food struggling to get across the borders, their homes are being bombed and they are living around rubble from buildings which have been bombed!
And many people are not happy about letting refugees in OUR country!! I don’t blame them as charity starts at home, but also people are fearing for their lives. I wish the governments around the world would wake up and start to help!!!