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There are three petitions for you to sign to help refugees trying to escape with their families to safety from war-torn countries.
Please everyone carefully read and sign the following petitions and please share widely. Anyone worldwide may sign these petitions. Refugees need our support.
Care 2 Petition:
Tell Prime Minister David Cameron to Protect Refugees
“Imagine your country spiralling into violence and warfare. Watching everything around you fall to chaos. Fearing you or your children may be killed at any moment.
This is the devastating reality for millions of refugees around the world. They are faced with an incredibly difficult decision: stay in a war-torn country where their lives are at risk, or flee to safety even though the journey in front of them is equally dangerous.
Which would you choose?
This year, over 2,000 men, women and children have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Just last week, a boat capsized off the coast of Libya. Around 200 people lost their lives.
We call on Prime Minister David Cameron to take action and save lives today by increasing resettlement places for refugees.”
Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/866/382/203/ This petition needs at least 5,000 signatures, so far only just over 300 so please sign and share widely.
Change Org Petition
Provide urgent medical support to vulnerable people in Calais
“We’ve all seen the news of desperate migrants trying to cross the channel. But few people know about the conditions people are living in. There is no less than a humanitarian crisis on our doorstep and western governments are turning their backs on it.
I know because I’m a nurse out here in Calais, giving medical support to migrants who have fled their countries because of war and persecution and are now living in horrendous conditions. Whole families are crammed into small tents with poor access to food and water, leading to all sorts of terrible health problems. These include serious skin problems, gangrene, breathing difficulties, diarrhoea and scabies. Many have shattered bones after falling from trucks, have been slashed by razor wire climbing fences or have been beaten up.Some are extremely vulnerable, including children and pregnant women.”
Please read more and sign the petition
Tell the UK Government to accept a fair share of migrant refugees
“Thousands of men and women are currently stranded in Calais, Italy and Greece, and across Europe after a treacherous journey from their home countries. These refugees often come from war-torn countries with poor human-rights records. In their home countries they may have suffered or be at risk of torture and rape, and fear for their lives and those of their children. They are desperate to reach safety and they are risking their lives. Many have already died. More than 1,800 perished at sea in the first five months of 2015*.
Other countries in the EU take on much larger numbers of migrant refugees even when considering capacity to do so**. ”
Please read more and sign the petition
More Action you can take
If you have time please consider contacting David Cameron:
These people need our help urgently; the UK should not turn its back on people who have been through so much, who are fleeing from war and persecution hoping to find safety not abandonment. The UK government has a moral obligation to direct funds to help refugees, sadly in recent years our governments seem to lack basic morality humanity and compassion. Health care and shelter should be a basic human right, the UK is a rich country and has the resources to supply medical and other aid. It is shameful that there are people seriously ill and not receiving medical care in rich countries such as the UK and France.
There is a lot of anti-immigration feeling among the misguided British Public that is nothing short of monstrous, shocking in the extreme. For an example of the lack of compassion to our fellow human beings from war-torn countries fleeing for their lives read the comments at the end of the article below.
At such times I am ashamed to be British, though a generality we appear to be a nation of xenophobic racists lacking compassion but displaying plenty of stupidity and ignorance fueled by right wing propaganda.
For a more realistic perspective please read the following article
“When you’re facing the world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, it helps to have a sober debate about how to respond. But to do that, you need facts and data – two things that the British migration debate has lacked this summer. Theresa May got the ball rolling in May, when she claimed on Radio 4 that the vast majority of migrants to Europe are Africans travelling for economic reasons. The media has followed suit, one example being the Daily Mail’s unsubstantiated recent assertion that seven in 10 migrants at Calais will reach the UK.
Foreign secretary Philip Hammond this week not only repeated May’s claims about African economic migrants, but portrayed them as marauders who would soon hasten the collapse of European civilisation. Hammond, like many people, could do with some actual statistics about the migration crisis. Here are 10 of the key ones:
Please continue reading the 10 truths about the so-called immigration crisis:
10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/10/10-truths-about-europes-refugee-crisis – again many of the comments at the end of the article convey public prejudice and lack of compassion. One person writes “You can call them what you like, Europe is being overwhelmed and it is not Europe’s responsibility to take on the world’s troubled.”
Besides the fact that many of them – especially those from Eritrea, Darfur, and Somalia – have legitimate claims to refugee status don’t we have a moral responsibility?
The fact of the matter is that Cameron is not only not allowing refugees into the country he is actively thwarting their attempts to seek asylum.
Can’t we all learn to live together as one species, one country, one world. I am sick of all the hatred, the prejudice and discrimination. We are all human beings regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation religious persuasion or whatever prejudice misguided ignorant people can conjure up. Make no mistake were we all the same race, colour, gender, age and so on someone would find some difference albeit small to aim their misguided prejudice against.
The biggest enemy comes not from refugees or any one the other scapegoats targeted by government propaganda, even our own citizens if they happen to be unfortunate enough to need benefits, as a distraction from the real cause of much of the misery in this country and indeed worldwide – namely capitalism and the greed of the one percent. Throughout the world the proliferation of wars, persecutions and increased poverty is a result of the capitalist crisis. Many people are desperate to escape their situation over which they are powerless and seek safety within the EU.
The UK and other rich nations caused the poverty that drives people from Africa and elsewhere to find a better life.
It is not “marauding” African migrants, but the UK and other wealthy nations that are threatening living standards and causing poverty for people in Africa and across the world. Sub-Saharan Africa loses $192bn to the rest of the world each year. In return it receives just $30bn back in aid. Whether it is our network of tax havens that allows the theft of billions from countries in Africa each year, the costs we save by recruiting health workers from the world’s poorest countries, the aid we give as loans which contribute to the looming debt crisis, or our carbon emissions which force African countries to pay out billions to adapt to the climate change we cause, it is the UK and our wealthy allies, not African migrants, doing the marauding.
Britain it seems has only welcomed immigrants when required for Labour.
Read a very revealing article about the history of Britain’s immigration policies
Racism and immigration in Britain
Time to stand up for what is right and speak out for the vulnerable.
Please sign all petitions if you have not already done so
To end on a positive note please read the following which shows that people do care.
How grassroots groups are supporting Calais migrants
The Worldwide Tribe in Calais
What life is like in the Calais migrant ‘jungle’ – by young Brit who visited them
The real criminals, however, are not immigrant workers, but the corporate chieftains and politicians who, in their insatiable lust for profits, plunder the natural resources of poor countries, set up sweatshops, and wage wars for oil and empire. It is their policies that create the grinding poverty and social breakdown throughout the neo-colonial world which forces millions to flee their home countries in search of work here.
Why refugee deaths in the Mediterranean are a global problem
The New Global Capitalism and the War on Immigrants