Refugee crisis: Stand in solidarity
Yesterday (Sept 10th), the government decided to increase to 4,000 the number of refugees allowed into Ireland arising from the humanitarian crisis. The pressure that tens of thousands of Uplift members have been putting on them is clearly working.
But now we need to decide together what we should do next.
There are no quick solutions to this complex humanitarian crisis and although the government’s announcement yesterday is a step in the right direction, many people feel that Ireland can do much more.
What should Uplift do next in response to the government’s decision to welcome 4,000 refugees?
We’re witnessing the worst humanitarian crisis since the second world war. The scale of the human tragedy is truly shocking.
At times like these, it’s hard to know what to do given the scale of what is happening. But these are the moments that define our humanity and as a community this is our opportunity to show leadership.
Other practical actions we can take:
The outcry growing across Ireland about the suffering and treatment of our fellow human beings, is a testament to our collective compassion and humanity. Translating this into action will be the vital step in forcing our political leaders to act on this crisis.
Pledge a bed
Pledging a bed to someone seeking refugee is a powerful way of showing solidarity and practical action. It also demonstrates to the government that we are serious as a community about wanting to step up our response to this huge crisis. We’ve set up a ‘Pledge a Bed’ page, where people can register an offer of accommodation. At this stage this is just a pledge, not a definite commitment.
You can pledge a bed here: Pledge a Bed
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Uplift members have been in contact about where to offer donations and how to donate money. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) are working on the ground in the countries many of the refugees are coming from and in the refugee camps right across the Middle East. MSF are also on the ground in the areas people are arriving at, as they reach Europe. You can make a donation on their website or by calling their freephone number 1800 905 509.
Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity
If you’d like to donate to solidarity groups, you can donate to Ireland-Calais Refugee Solidarity here
5 Practical suggestions
This site lists 5 Practical Things You Can Do About the Refugee Crisis From Ireland, have a look.