All our Prime Minister can say is “Stop the boats!”
But stopping the boats does not stop the death.
Stopping the boats does not stop the torture.
Stopping the boats does not free prisoners, prevent rape, or feed the hungry.
Stopping the boats means they don’t die inconveniently within sight of our shores. Stopping the boats means they die elsewhere, while we rest easy in our privileged beds.
So we march. And the government closes its ears and covers its eyes.
So we sign petitions. And the government covers its eyes and closes its ears.
So we share photos of the doomed and the dying. And the government says it has solved the problem because it has Stopped the Boats. And the dying continues where we can’t see it.
I’m tired of marching. I’m tired of signing. I’m tired of sharing the photos. Above all I am tired of the torture and the dying, and the complete absence of compassion and humanity.
But compassion exists.
People are making a difference.
So rather than march and be ignored, I am going to put my credit card where my marching would be.
I am going to find compassion by funding compassion.
If my government won’t open its arms, I will fund those who will.
Please join me in funding compassion. Fund the UNHCR to shelter refugees. Families. People like us. People who are fleeing war zones, terror, and trauma. People who are just trying to find safety for their families. People who just want to be safe.
As yourself this: If your family was at risk, what would you do to protect them?
You can protect a family at risk right now. Fund Compassion today.
Together we can make a difference.