Sep 3rd, 2015
By Alpha Gougsa
Aylan, the toddler who drowned yesterday fleeing Syria, was just three years old. His town was under attack by Isis. His five year old brother and his mum also died trying to reach safety.
Yet our prime minister has just said ‘we won’t take any more refugees’. He thinks that most of us don’t care.
But 38 Degrees members do care. We don’t want Britain to be the kind of country that turns its back as people drown in their desperation to flee places like Syria.
The tide is starting to turn against the government. Some MPs are already starting to call on them to give immediate sanctuary to refugees.
Britain has a long tradition of helping people fleeing war. It’s part of being a civilised country. And 38 Degrees members have a strong record of standing up for a Britain we can all be proud to live in – whether that’s through defending the NHS or our countryside, or by making sure we do our bit to help refugees.
Tonight, 38 Degrees members across the country will be lighting a candle in their window as a sign of remembrance for those who have drowned trying to reach safety. Please join in if you feel moved to.
Many of us are also putting signs that say ‘refugees welcome’ in our windows to show the kind of place we want Britain to be. You can click here to find a ‘refugees welcome’ poster to print and put in your front window here.
Or, if you want to donate money, click here to donate to the British Red Cross who is running an emergency fundraising appeal to help victims of the Syrian crisis.