Normally Craig would be greeting you all this week, but unfortunately he became very ill at the weekend and has been in hospital for the last few days. The good news is that he is on the mend and will be back to tell you all about it next week. I am sure you will all join me in sending him lots of love; get rested and well soon Craig!
Filling in for Craig also gives me an impromptu chance to get something off my chest.
The word immigrant has been bandied about in the media over the last few weeks and not in a very constructive or positive way; although my beef with the constant current use of the term is that it is mostly incorrect. Presidential candidate, Donald Trump has got into a fair amount of hot water over some of the recent comments he has made on this topic. I find this astonishing, particularly when you take a quick look at his ancestry. You can only assume he has been misquoted. Turns out he is just misguided, as he doesn’t seem to count people like his Scottish mother or former Czechoslovakian wife as immigrants. I doubt it comes as a massive surprise to you that I am an immigrant - and I am sure many of you are too. I can almost picture us all going to hear Mr Trump talk and standing up to announce this like a scene out of the film Spartacus. I am very proud to have migrated, but saddened and perhaps slightly self conscious, when I hear it mentioned in such a derogatory way. I have on occasion pointed out to people that “I am an immigrant’ (in response to their negative comments) but not surprised when they respond with “I don’t mean people like you’. This thinly veiled racism is unacceptable and I don’t want to be a part of it.
Perhaps this why the Brits often prefer to refer to themselves as ex-pats?
British Prime Minister David Cameron has helped feed this fire when he recently referred to the ‘swarm’ of migrants descending on the UK. Not only is this kind of language extremely inflammatory, but he is another culprit of deliberately using the wrong term and lumping people of various circumstances under one label. Migrant doesn't sound as serious as refugee or asylum seeker. I think it is particularly dangerous when you are in such a position of power. People will never understand the difference between refugees and economic migrants, if prominent politicians can’t, or choose not to….
Surely it is common sense to realize that when one is fleeing for their life, whether it be from poverty or violent attacks, that it is obvious they are not just migrating to go and scrounge a few benefits? Sadly it seems it will take many more lives like that of Aylan, the three year old Syrian boy whose drowned body was washed up on a Turkish beach this week, for the world to sit up and take action. We have to realize it is all of our moral responsibility to do as much as we can to help. There is no immediate solution to the conflict in Syria, so it is really crucial for all countries to step up and start accepting refugees. For the NIMBY's amongst you, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
I am not a religious person but ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ seems particularly apt this week.
Thankfully it seems that there are some compassionate world citizens who have taken this matter into their own hands. Even though we are far away we can still help financially.
If you are in a position to help, even in a small way, my friend Dawn O’Porter has made it a little easier for you. She has set up a HELP CALAIS & GREECE wish list on Amazon, visit this link to see what is needed LINK TO DONATE .
If you would like us to share a charity or organization that are doing their bit during this current crisis, feel free to drop us a line and we can reshare their info on our social pages. The Independent newspaper has compiled a decent list of charities that are currently asking for help with the refugee crisis.
Click on the following link to view the list. Donate what you can and please share. The Independent List
There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation on how many refugees have been taken in by various countries - visit FullFacts.org for the full facts!
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