We see photos of people in Germany giving water and food to tired Syrian people. Today two people have been in our house helping with our support rota, one person came to help with moving my trouser buttons, one delivered some meals, and a lady in her mid-seventies drove me to the doctor’s. Looks like we have a lot of kind people.
It is disappointing, no bloody infuriating, when governments don’t let this kindness happen. I am sure people in the UK would love to help people escaping war zones. I am sure Australians would like to do the same, but Tony Abbott believes there is no room or water in the habitable parts of Australia. Strangely enough, Abbott is not an Aboriginal name.
Of course we need governments and some structure, but we also need to allow people to show their humanity.
The German government sees the opportunity in several hundred thousand motivated people; others have fear and see only cost.
The British Prime Minister said we need to solve the issues at their root; he said we should have peace in the Middle East. Problem is that we have not sorted that out in the last 40 years, and it’s not relevant if you’re on a train from Damascus to Dresden with three kids with shit in their nappies, who’d like a drink.