Saturday 5 September 2015


I wasn't going to write this post. I've seen others share their feelings about that photo which has got everyone thinking and talking about the migrant crisis this week.

As a parent, it's been a news story that's been very hard to watch. And whilst I know the sharing of this photo, and the public reactions since it came to light, can only make people see the reality of the situation and want to act, but I've avoided looking at the photos. It's just too much to take.

I won't pretend to know a lot about the situation. Or the possible solutions.

I just know that a three year old child, not much older than my little Ethan, lost his life as the result of the struggles his family and those like them have faced.

He isn't alone and his plight isn't unique.

It's a very difficult situation. And it's very difficult to watch.

But difficulty is good, sometimes. If it can encourage people to take notice. To act.

There aren't any words I can say or write that will say anything different than those who have talked about the way in which the pictures have affected them. So, all I wanted to do was share this link and this one too which both have details on how you can help. If you want to, if you can.

You can also text 70008 and the word SYRIA to donate £5 now or give online with Save The Children here. You can follow others getting involved with the campaign using the hashtag #savesyriaschildren. People are sharing photos with their own children holding a sign saying 'it could have been me' but I just can't go that one step further. For me, I just can't make that close connection with what I've seen in the news and my own son but I understand why others are getting involved in this way.


1 comment

  1. Nothing to add other than thank you for writing and sharing this.

    Lizzie Dripping


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