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Avaazers have already kick-started this campaign in the UK. The government has only allowed in 143 Syrians out of the 4 million refugees! In response, over 1,000 Avaazers have joined forces to challenge this disgraceful policy by offering to help refugees resettle, and calling on their local councils to give homes to 50 Syrian refugees each. Already 4 councils have agreed and with our pressure, we hope many more will too.
But this isn’t just a UK and Syria problem. It is a crisis of humanity when our planet’s most vulnerable are treated as criminals and left to die. Here’s a five point plan of the most critical actions Avaaz could take if we raise enough together:
- Support organisations that are bravely rescuing the refugees at sea.
- Launch Flotillas for Humanity with more private boats to assist rescue operations.
- Build an Avaaz refugee team to lobby governments, the EU and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to push for effective search and rescue operations, and increased numbers of refugee places.
- Support local groups in Europe and South East Asia to provide assistance to refugees arriving in reception centres, and into communities.
- Run hard hitting billboards and newspaper ads to counter the culture of xenophobia.
30 thousand refugees could drown in the Mediterranean this year. These families are fleeing terror and misery, and their choice to board a boat may be the only choice they have. Let’s join forces to stop these tragedies at sea. Pledge now:
Our community is one of the only in the world with millions of citizens in both the countries from which these families are fleeing and the countries they are seeking help. We have already funded extraordinary work to tackle Ebola and humanitarian work in Nepal. Now let’s take on this emergency and catalyse change with acts of inspired love and inspired bravery.
With hope and determination,
Alice, Ben, Oli, Diego, Mais, Emily, Dalia, Ricken and the Avaaz team
Myanmar Muslim migrants abandoned at sea have been ‘drinking their own urine’ to survive (The Independent UK)
Syria Refugee Regional Response (UNHCR)
Mediterranean migrants: Details emerge of deadly capsize (BBC)
Lost at sea, unwanted: The plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya ‘boat people’ (CNN)
Stranded Rohingya migrants say: ‘We’re dying on board’ (Al Jazeera)