“Why dedicate my days, weeks, months, years to supporting refugees?
Because I believe in a world where compassion is king. Where cruelty is rejected. Where it doesn’t matter where a person comes from, whether they’re old or young, whether they’re black or white, what their sexuality is, or whether they’re male, female, or anything else that is used to define, divide, or separate.
I believe in one human race where we are all equal. And I believe that these beliefs are worth standing for. In the face of adversity. In spite of hate. When it’s hard to do. Even when it affects you and those that you love.
I want to live in a world where kindness is commonplace. Where we work together to help each other through. Where if we see someone suffering, we hold out a helping hand. It’s not easy, but if we want that world, then we have to make it happen. We have to live by our beliefs.
If we don’t live by what we believe in, then what we believe in will not live. That’s how I see it anyway. So, when I know that people are escaping from hell, and that they’re being drowned in our sea in order to create a deterrent to stop others from coming, then I feel compelled to do something about it.
Empathy is not easy without ears that listen. And if we listen to why people want to escape from Libya then it should be easy to understand that it is wrong to turn away from their suffering.
How do we live in a world where saving lives at sea is a crime?”
Words by search and rescue worker Brendan Woodhouse