It has been two and a half years since Alan Kurdi, a two-year-old Syrian boy, drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in September 2015. He and his family were Syrian refugees escaping the horror of a war-torn nation during the worldwide refugee crisis.
It was horrific, an image that is seared in most people’s mind. A tragedy that personifies the plight of the refugee crisis, a crisis that still continues.
The image stayed with many of us for weeks, months even, but eventually like all things, we have moved on and forgotten what upset us so much.
And the refugee crisis continues.
I am working with the International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) to call awareness to World Refugee Day on June 20th, and Refugee Week, 18-24th June.
Because more awareness is needed.
As Alan Kurdi’s aunt comments;
“The first day when the image of my nephew Alan was all over the media across the world, it touched the hearts of millions of people across the world including politicians, and every one of them promised to do something and help and bring peace but the sad part is that it only lasted a few months and then all those world leaders went back to business,”
To mark World Refugee Day and Refugee Week the International Observatory of Human Rights have released four new films, including a new interview with Tima Kurdi viewable at:
This video forms part of a series of videos from IOHR to mark Refugee Week, which can be found on their Youtube channel HERE.
What can we do?
We can sit at home and say it is awful.
But in all honesty, we can do more. Canada is leading the way. The IOHR recognises Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (PSR) as a beacon of good world practice. It was recently hailed as a model for the world by the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Almost 18,000 refugees have been resettled in Canada through its Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program. Fifty-three refugee families have been resettled in the UK through the Community Sponsorship scheme since its inception.
IOHR continues to promote and encourage community sponsorship and calls on the UK government to expand and diversify its laws and regulations—values that encompass their two campaigns #BeARefugeeSponsor and #WorkWellRefugees.
Surely we can do more, be better, and make a difference?