I'm sure many of you have seen the tragic image of three year Aylan Kurdi, his poor little body washed up on a Turkish beach. He and his family had fled the violence and destruction in Syria hoping for a better life. Instead he, his brother Galip and their mother Rehan drowned after their boat capsized. The photo of him lying on the shore is heartbreaking and haunting. I have it in my head now along with that deep dark sinking feeling of sorrow and sadness for that little boy, with my own little boy just a few months younger. More could have been done and more should have been done.
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The plight of refugees is a subject close to my heart. I was in Syria some years ago just as the conflict was beginning and have spent several years working on refugee related projects. In my previous job I worked on a big international project which included several Syrian co-workers. A couple of them could no longer work because their towns had been extensively bombed and reduced to utter rubble, they had nothing left. Search for the city 'Aleppo' in google and you'll see why people are leaving. I've mentioned before I worked in a Palestinian refugee camp and spent many years campaigning on my return. Since having my little boy I don't do as much as I used to do because I just don't have the time. But I still have the passion and the urge to help in anyway I can. I hope you do too.
A few parenting bloggers coordinated the #SaveSyriasChildren campaign in collaboration with Save the Children and I am so proud of them and anyone else who spreads the word. The image of innocent children dying around the world is not rare unfortunately. The UN estimate 10,000 Syrian children have died during the civil war, with an overall death toll of 220,000. Millions have fled the conflict looking for a better life and it's so sad that poor little Aylan and his family didn't make it. These are people like you and me. It could have been me. It could have been you.