Anyone not following the Syrian humanitarian crisis at the moment?
My Facebook feed is absolutely being slammed with dreadful photos and news articles and opinion pieces and memes and events.
And I’m so grateful for that.
Why is it we suddenly care so much about the Syrian people and are holding vigils around the country in an effort to show our government how much we want them to help on our behalf?
Because for really the first time in history the people of the world are talking to each other as they’ve never managed to do before. Instead of being spoon fed sound bites by major media or dictated to by our politicians, we are sharing information directly and speaking our minds and saying these people deserve our help.
And people are telling our politicians! People are rallying and saying ‘fark your stop the boats – these are people‘.
So I want to thank social media, like Twitter and Facebook, for letting us normal, average, everyday people, who aren’t running countries while being dictated to by party politics or writing for papers with mandates, be able to communicate and simply say no. No. No! This isn’t right. This is not how people treat people.
I challenge anyone to look at that tragic photo of three year old Aylan Kurdi on that beach and not picture their own child or grandchild or cousin or nephew or niece or sibling. That was awful and it should never have had to happen.
But why was he even on that boat?
Well, when you see photos of what they’re running from in Syria…
…I’d farkin run too. And my family and I would’ve been gone somewhere between when the first explosion happened and the debris hit the pavement.
Wouldn’t you? Seriously?
So I will continue to follow this crisis and I will write to Warren Truss, my federal member, and I will insist we stop thinking of them as them and start thinking of them as us. Human beings. Families. Children. Wives. Husbands. Sons. Daughters. Grandparents. Brothers. Sisters. Friends. Lovers. Because in the end, lines on a map are just crap when it comes to helping someone who really, seriously, needs it.
Especially when they’re three, for fark’s sake.
In the meantime, thank you to everyone who went out to those rallies tonight and stood for being decent human beings. I wish I could have joined you. You represented me and my thoughts too.
But while I couldn’t be there what I can do is to keep sharing information on Facebook and not let the light go out on these poor people who are homeless and helpless and just need the world to care.
Social media doesn’t mean people get actual money or help directly, but between all that amusing drivel and feel good memes – all of which I love – it does mean people discuss important issues in real time. I hope and urge you to continue to share your thoughts too, because whenever large groups of people talk, the pollies listen. They don’t really have a choice.
Sort of like the Syrian people.
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~ raising a family on little more than laughs ~