“(Allah is) the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made for you pairs from among yourselves and pairs among cattle: by this means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto Him and He is the One that hears and sees (all things). To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth: He enlarges and restricts the Sustenance to whom He will: for He knows full well all things.” Quran 42:11-12
Friday, September 4, 2015
We can't bring little Aylan back, but we can get Europe to agree on an ambitious plan
that stops children from drowning in rickety boats, or suffocating in
trucks in their desperate search for sanctuary. Let’s show every leader
that the public demands urgent ambitious action NOW -- sign and share on Facebook, Twitter, email...everywhere:
This image of a tiny baby lying lifeless on the shore is, like so many, too heartbreaking to watch.
What’s really appalling is that instead of being shocked to take urgent
action, our leaders are stuck in a fighting match on whose problem this
is. But for the first time ever, there’s a glimmer of hope for a
After massive public calls to welcome refugees, German Chancellor
Merkel is leading efforts to deliver a new, strong European Union plan
that would give refuge to people fleeing war and hunger. France is
on board, but shamefully the UK, Hungary, and other Eastern European
countries have been blocking this emergency action. Whether EU
politicians lead the world to a humane 21st century refugee plan, or
turn their backs, depends on how much they feel the public demands it.
That’s where we come in.
Right now we are at a tipping point. It’s time for us to lead our
leaders. EU Ministers are meeting in the next few days to set their
positions, so there’s no time to lose. Join the call for a plan to give these terrified families safe haven now -- Avaaz will deliver our proposal to all key decision makers before their summit:
Every day, hundreds of
traumatised and persecuted families are crossing to Europe. With no
peace in sight to wars like Syria, their choice to board a boat may be
the only one they have. All they want is safety. The UN says nearly one
million people need urgent help, and increasing safe and legal routes is the best way to reduce the numbers risking their lives, and curb violent people trafficking.
There is a viable emergency plan: 1. urgent and massive increase in relocation and resettlement of refugees, that shares responsibility across the EU, and reunites families, 2. financial and technical support to countries on the frontline of the crisis like Greece, and 3. ensuring no security actions hinder rescue efforts or put those seeking sanctuary at risk.
Germany is opening its doors and championing this line, but Hungary is
building a razor-wire fence, other Eastern European countries are
refusing to take more than dozens of families, and the UK has completely
refused to take part in any EU emergency package.
We know massive public support can influence politicians -- when
the Icelandic government said it would only take 50 asylum seekers
earlier this week, 10,000 Icelandic people said they would house them.
Now the government is reconsidering their commitment.
Thousands of ordinary citizens are choosing compassion and rejecting the
closed-door policies some leaders are pushing. Let’s supercharge this
wave of humanity and ensure narrow political interests and fear don’t
define how Europe and the World respond to the crisis of our time. Join the urgent call to EU leaders and tell everyone:
heartbreaking human drama is beyond many of our worst nightmares and
Avaaz members have been rallying to help refugees since the crisis
started -- nearly 2,000 signed up to volunteer in assistance programmes,
we gave 500,000 USD to a crucial rescue operation in the Mediterranean,
we ran a massive aid mission to the Greek islands, and then lobbied
fiercely until Europe signed an initial deal. But the magnitude of this
crisis means we have to push for more, NOW! Let's raise history's
loudest ever "Refugees Welcome" cry before the leaders meet.
With hope and determination,
Luis, Alice, Mia, Mais, Luca, Spyro, and the whole Avaaz team