This picture of a three-year-old boy’s body, drowned at sea when his family fled war-torn Syria, has come to symbolise the inhumane response of governments to the worst refugee crisis since the second world war.
Only one heart didn’t melt at the pictures of the three-year-old Syrian Kurdish boy’s dead body washed up on a Turkish beach: David Cameron’s. He responded by refusing to take anymore refugees.
But he is still promising to try and force parliament to agree more bombing of Syria. Which will force more refugees to flee Syria. And then David Cameron will let them drown too.
The refugee crisis is growing worse by the day across Europe as thousands flee war and chaos. Many have died in the most terrible circumstances, suffocating in lorries or drowning during dangerous crossings of the Mediterranean.
They are being treated terribly by many of the government’s of Europe, including our own. These majority of these refugees are the victims of war, many of them fleeing the disasterous war in Syria.
David Cameron’s statement today aims to justify further war and bombing rather than helping the refugees. He is refusing to take any refugees in Britain, one of the world’s richest countries.
Stop the War has come together with other organisations to call for a London protest on 12 September and a day of action across the country on that day. We urge our members, supporters and groups to take any action they can on that day, alongside anti racist and refugee groups.
Successive British governments have spent billions on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, plus on covert intervention in Syria. The outcome has been destruction of infrastructure across the Middle East, the growth of terrorism in the region, and the displacement of millions.
Their only solution is further war, even though it is increasingly obvious that this option is only creating yet more chaos. Just as we oppose wars, we try to show solidarity with its victims.
Please do everything you can to support this day of solidarity with. If you want any help or further information, please contact the Stop the War national office: email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 020 7561 4830