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If you haven’t heard by now it’s world refugee week and I am FIERCE in my belief to make more of their voices heard.
I’ve got a fire in me that has been blazing ever since I arrived on this little planet. By the age of 4 I remember being conscious of what I was here to do. I didn’t fully understand how to make it all happen but that knowing has never left me.
Injustice always agitated those flames, so when the refugee crisis hit the headlines back in 2015, it stoked those fires once more.
The way in which not just the media but everyday people, were talking about it was shocking to me. I didn’t understand the reluctance - I assumed there was something I wasn’t aware of, something I didn’t understand or hadn’t done enough research on, which was why we were actively keeping people OUT of our countries. When I made my first trip to Calais however, I realised this couldn’t be further from the truth.
When it comes to the refugee crisis the western world love to throw around words and phrases such as “complicated”, “problematic”, “no easy solution”, and with this being churned out & repeated every day it’s easy to believe that.
When you are faced with the numbers however and realise it would be barely 18 people per constituency if everyone was rehoused, and that back in WW1 we managed to accommodate 64,000 evacuees from Belgium into Dover ALONE* with less resources, money and technology than we have now, you see through the whole game of smokescreens and mirrors.
The level of propaganda surrounding refugees is horrific. The narrative is predominantly negative. The stats blown out of proportion. The stories based on actual lies.
This isn’t something Europe can continue to ignore. There are still people drowning in our seas. Our holiday swims are in fact watery graves. This isn’t something we can continue ignoring.
Take some time this week to educate yourself with some facts. Look up events happening around you and attend one. To be in 2018 with all this knowledge being hidden is heartbreaking, but if we don’t speak up and use our privilege to shine this light, nothing will *ever* change.