Happy Easter/Bank Holiday Sunday/Chocolate Egg Holiday, megababes 🌻🐣 However you celebrate, I hope you have the most fantastic day! Today I'm taking the opportunity to relax and spend some quality time with my love, and I'm overflowing with gratitude that I'm in a position to be able enjoy that - but it's important to remember that not everyone is afforded this luxury. It's incredibly hard to bear witness to some of the atrocities happening in the world right now, and I'd like to use this as an opportunity to spread some information about how you can help:
- Gay men are being hunted, imprisoned, tortured and murdered in Chechnya, Russia. Authorities say they want a "complete cleansing" of gay men, and the government refuses to even acknowledge this crisis is happening, saying "you can't detain and harass someone who doesn't exist in the republic." Ways you can help: Please consider donating to the Russia LGBT Network (link in bio) to help fund the emergency evacuation of men at risk.
- There is an ongoing assault against the people of Syria. You have probably heard of the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun - the White Helmet's centre in Khan Shaykhun, was hit by six airstrikes, and the nearby Al Rahma hospital was struck by four. Both were completely destroyed. Following that horrific attack, the Assad regime was so incensed that they were helping, their centre in Jisr al Shughur was hit, killing two of their volunteers and injuring three. Ways you can help: Write to your local MP, stay informed of the current situation by following The Syria Campaign on Facebook, and please consider donating to the White Helmets (http://www.whitehelmets.org/en). Your donation helps replace their rescue equipment and ambulances that they’ve lost in the bombings. It enables them to buy diggers so they can lift debris and rubble from the survivors. It will contribute to the cost of medical care for wounded White Helmets and look after the families of the 166 volunteers killed in the line of duty.
- On a local level, you can help someone for free! HelpfulPeeps is a fantastic initiative to swap and share some skills!
Please use your privilege and your voice, it could save a life x