One little brown-eyed, brown-haired boy sat on his bedroom floor this morning, playing with cars and transformers and Lego bricks. His life isn’t hard. No three year olds life should be hard. To understate it entirely, it’s a lucky accident of birth that my particular three year old is safe and warm in his bed tonight, living here in Ireland in comparative luxury.
His mama rushed to him last night cuddled him and kissed him. She had seen another little brown-eyed, brown-haired boy, ripped apart from his family during a desperate attempt to leave their home, his mother and his brother meeting the same appalling fate as him.
I have spent the last couple of weeks pushing thoughts of my three year old from my mind, missing him and knowing he’s having a little difficulty settling back in to long hours in crèche since my return to work. Today, another little three year old was front and centre in my mind: Aylan Kurdi, and I could not ignore those thoughts. The image of his little body washed up on a beach has made me, and the world sit up and take notice far later than we should have.
“My children were the most beautiful children in the world. Is there anybody in the world for whom their child is not the most precious thing?”
Couldn’t that line, spoken by Abdullah Kurdi today have been said by any dad? Aylan and Galip, his five year old brother, fled with their parents Abdullah and Rehan. Now their father must return to Syria alone with three coffins. He was a parent, trying to do the best for his family. He was a parent, like so many of us. They never got their chance to enjoy the safe secure life we take for granted.
There are lots of small things that we can do to help families just like ours that will take just a moment to act on.
Here are some of them:
- Sign the petition to ask the Irish Government to do more to help. Just click here. For anyone in the UK you can sign a similiar petition No more drownings.
- There are many reputable charities helping the refugees crossing the Mediterranean sea. Donate to Unicef, Medicin San Frontieres, The Irish Red Cross, Save The Children or the charity of your choice.
- Our own group, the Irish Parenting Bloggers have organised a virtual coffee (or tea!) morning to help raise much needed funds for the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity Campaign. – check out and ‘like’ the Facebook Event page here for all the details –
Members of The Irish Parenting Bloggers have come together in a blog-hop to share their thoughts on the current crisis and to let people know what they can do to help. Click on the blue button below to read our posts and please feel free to spread the word by sharing on social media platforms using the hashtag #ReadFeelAct.