A Child Like Any Other

That picture has haunted me since I first saw it last night on Twitter. You know the one. I definitely don’t need to show it here again. It is all over the newspapers and social media the last couple of days. Poor little Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. It is a heartbreaking image that will stay with me forever.

It could be any one of us. Aylan was a child like any other, with a family, a big brother, a home in Syria. His family chose to leave to seek out a safer life elsewhere. Aylan, his brother and his mother all drowned on their way to that better life. They are among 2500 refugees who have died trying to cross the Meditteranean sea this year. I have a three year old boy too. We are lucky that he is happy, healthy and tucked up asleep at this hour. We have a good life here. The refugees scrambling to get into Europe are seeking a safer, better life for their families. Something we would do in a flash in the same situation.

I am a member of IPB – Irish Parenting Bloggers, all of us parents. All of us so sad to read the horrific tales of what people are going through to try to bring their families to safety. All of us holding our children a little tighter today. We are doing a bloghop #ReadFeelAct to highlight the situation of the refugees and to suggest a couple of practical ways that individual people can do something for these people, people like us.


How can you help?
Sign the petition to ask the Irish Government to do more to help. Just click here.  For anyone in the UK you can sign a similiar petition here. 
Donate to charities helping the refugees crossing the Mediterranean sea. Please, please donate even a few euro to Medecin Sans Frontieres, Oxfam Ireland Syria Crisis or Amnesty International.
Take Part in the virtual coffee morning organised by the Irish Parenting Bloggers. This will help to raise much needed funds for the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity Campaign. This campaign helps refugees and migrants who have made it as far as Calais.    Then on Friday, September 11 just pour yourself a cuppa; go here and make a donation to the fund (we suggest €5 per person but please give what you can) and upload a screenshot of your donation plus a pic of yourself enjoying your cuppa to your Facebook page or other social media channels and tell your followers all about it.  Then just link to this event to encourage your friends and family to take part too! 




Thanks for taking the time to read this. Click on the other titles below to read the other posts in the Blog Hop.

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