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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Save The Children Like Aylan Kurdi

"...war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children."
Howard Zinn

You would pretty much have to live under a rock not to know about the current refugee crisis going on right now and if you're reading this blog post then I can safely say you're not living under a rock. Or in the very least you have a rock that has an internet connection, but I digress. We live in a world where horrible, unthinkable things happen every day. Most of us, perhaps to preserve our sanity, turn a blind eye now and then to the things we feel we are powerless to change. However, there are just some things we cannot turn a blind eye to. Once seen there is no longer the luxury of blissful ignorance. It cannot be unseen or ignored. They haunt the mind's eye and compel us with the strong need to do something. Anything that might end the suffering of those involved. Nothing evokes this more than seeing a child in pain or, as we've witnessed over the last few days, their death.

Aylan Kurdi was just three years old when his life was tragically ended, with that of his five year old brother Galip and their mother. They boarded a boat to make their way to Greece from Turkey after leaving war torn Syria. Their goal, a better and safer life. Later Aylan's lifeless body would wash up upon a Turkish beach and the photos of which would spark renewed outrage at what's going on in the world. How could a small life end so horribly and how are we letting it happen?

At first I felt powerless. I thought it was another awful thing I could do nothing about and then I came across Tiny Grey Cat's post about the crisis, where she gave a lot of ideas of what you can do to lend a hand. I am not going to rehash the information she gave in her post but I do urge you to check it out. Remember that every little helps, big and small. No effort goes unnoticed or unappreciated. You can find her post here.

Rather than tell you how you could help I am going to tell you what I am doing. Along with my sister and some help from my mum too. If you follow me on Twitter you may be aware that I recently started an Etsy store with my sister, Eva. We decided that we would put our crafty skills to some worthwhile use and that all proceeds (excluding P&P) for the month of September, at least, would go to Save The Children for their Child Refugee Crisis Appeal. For us selling isn't about making money. We do it because we enjoy crafting and the idea of someone loving things we've handmade enough to wear. Usually the money will go back into supplies for our store but for this month we think it will be better spent this way. My mum is also helping us by donating some things she's created too and we'll be getting those up in our store over the next couple of days.

Please stop by and check out what we have in stock. If it's not to your taste please even pass the link along. It's for such an important cause. The world learned off and cared about Aylan when it was too late but there are so many more children out there just like him. Be a little piece of that better life for them.


  1. You are brilliant Sara - thank you for sharing this and the links about how we can help. I loved Tiny Grey Cat's post and I've been feeling so disheartened by this whole situation and to see so many people responding in such a beautiful and helpful way is lovely to see. - Tasha

  2. The world is a terrible place, I sometimes just want to give up. I'm glad not everyone does.




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