The question is, how?
The far-right think they have the answer: today The Observer reported that far right groups have raised £50,000 so they can go out on their own boats to stop refugees reaching dry land. They want to stop people who are so desperate to escape violence in their home countries, they put their own children into leaking boats that they know may sink before reaching the relative safety of Europe.
Far right agitators would have you believe that it is these desperate people, these traumatised families, who are a danger to us. They think the right response to terrorism is to make sure more of them drown.
But the reality is, the people they are fleeing from are terrorising them with the same twisted ideology of those trying to bring terror to our streets.
You wouldn't try to stop a victim of a terror attack fleeing from danger. Don't let the far right do this to refugees. Don't let the far right's hatred define us as Brits, or as Europeans. Now is not the time to give in to fear and hatred.
I do not pretend to have the answers. I do not pretend to know how to defeat this hateful ideology. But I do know that letting desperate people, who are themselves fleeing terror, drown is categorically not the answer.
Let's fight back against hatred. Let's not let terrorism kill off our humanity.
All proceeds from this crowdfunder will go to MSF search and rescue teams. Read more about their work here: https://www.msf.org.uk/country/mediterranean-search-and-rescue
- Edyta Hanaczewska
- Maheen R
Organizer and beneficiary
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