“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
For several days I have been trying to find the words to write this post. Trying and failing. We have all seen the footage, we have read the articles and the more and more awful it becomes the stronger the desire to simply look away becomes. I know it. I feel it too.
Then yesterday a photo of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi emerged lying face down, drowned, dead on a Turkish beach. His family having fled the Syrian town of Kobani, then denied asylum in Canada, were on what they hoped to be the final stage of their journey to safety. He slipped away from his family as their 15 foot boat capsized and his lifeless little body washed up on a Turkish beach.
He was three years old.
He died because he and his family wanted to live. They just wanted safety.
We cannot look away anymore.
We are not helpless either.
There are lots of things that you can do to help from the comfort of your own home.
Please don’t turn a blind eye.
Do something to help, anything you can.
Whatever you decide, please don’t choose apathy.
Aylan, and the many other children facing the same plight deserve, and deserved, the right to live safely.
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