I am sure that like me, you cannot help but be moved to tears by the sight of three year old Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach.
Aylan, his brother Ghalib, and their mother Rehan all drowned when their dinghy capsized. The children’s father, Rehan’s husband Abdullah survived to tell the world of the reason they put their lives at risk.
Of the terror, the devastation in Syria that had forced them to flee.
I wrote in a post a few weeks ago about the need to remember refugees are human beings too, and of being mindful of the warnings of Europe’s history.
Please don’t think that because it is happening on the other side of Europe, it does not affect you.
Please remember that these people are desperate.
Please don’t turn a blind eye.
There is a lot you could do from the comfort of your own home.
Do something to help.
Whatever you decide, don’t choose apathy.
And so today, together with a group of brilliant parenting bloggers, PLEASE help us #SaveSyriasChildren.
Please help us raise money AND awareness for Save The Children by doing these two things:
- Take an image of your child holding a sign saying ‘It could have been ME’ and the hashtag #SaveSyriasChildren, then share on social media. (If, like me, you don’t have a child to do this with, feel free to improvise as I have in the image below.)
- Donate £5 to Save the Children by texting SYRIA to 70008 (terms and conditions)
(Or make a web donation instead.)
I chose to share this photograph of me with my partner and our son Hugo, who was born prematurely at 24 weeks to highlight the plight of all Syria’s children. If I had HELLP syndrome in Syria, I would be unlikely to have been able to have told the tale. Hugo would not have lived, either.
So please, act now.
If you can't imagine yourself in one of those boats, you have something missing. They are dying for a life worth living. #refugeeswelcome
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 3, 2015