Refugee Crisis – Rufus Hodge

Refugee Crisis- How Can We Help?

Rufus Hodge

 

When we observe the constant reports of the struggle of civilians, escaping in their millions from destructive war or unbearable persecution, what we are witnessing is mass displacement on a scale not seen since the days of Hitler and Stalin. For the first time since the Second World War, the number of worldwide displaced peoples has surpassed 50 million, so it is not hard to feel helpless and overwhelmed. However, Amnesty UK has introduced a campaign allowing for everyone to make a difference, should they wish to do so.

 

Every year Amnesty International launches it’s Write For Rights campaign, which covers a number of human rights cases across the world. One of these however is associated with the Refugees Welcome movement, which supports the plight of the thousands of men, women and children who wish to find sanctuary in the United Kingdom. This case tells us how we can help. To be more specific it has provided an option of two ways in which you can help.

 

The first is an appeal letter to the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon. Amber Rudd MP, to urge her and the Government to show international leadership and share responsibility for the global refugee crisis. The UK is in the G7, the UN Human Right’s Council, the International Security Council, and therefore unquestionably has the resources and the responsibility to lead a significant role in the current Refugee Crisis, yet the Government’s response still has not meet the appropriate standard of expected humanitarian aid in important areas, such as accommodating these suffering individuals. Whilst Government actions such as the Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme and the Dub’s Amendment are fundamentally right in their purpose, it is of minimal effort for such a rich country of large international influence- more can and should be done.

The second option is to send a solidarity card to Amnesty UK, which will consequently be distributed to an asylum seeker or a refugee in the UK. Within this card would be a personal message of support and why you welcome incoming asylum seekers and refugees. This would make a wonderful difference, as it would directly help us create a more welcoming UK to those who are anxious of their new environment. It is unimaginable how it must feel to lose our friends, even family, and then to start living in a completely different culture, so to receive a card would be fantastically reassuring to these individuals.

 

As you can see, you can make difference. A Chinese Proverb that has been adopted by Amnesty International is ‘It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness’. By supporting this campaign in completing one or both of these options, you will lighting a candle of hope and of compassion; you will be helping to make the world a better place.

 

 

SEND AN APPEAL LETTER TO THE HOME SECRETARY:

Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Home Office

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

 

SEND A SOLIDARITY CARD TO AN ASYLUM SEEKER OR REFUGEE:

Amnesty International UK

17-25 New Inn Yard

London

EC2A 3EA

 

For more information go to- www.amnesty.org.uk/write-rights-2016

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