#savesyriaschildren It could have been me

Scroll down to the bottom to find out how you can make a difference, today!

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How long will it be?
How long must we wait?
Until we understand
this is not our fate?

There are things we can do,
there are things we can say;
we don’t have to stand by
and watch time slip away.

Injustice and cruelty,
pain, famine, and war;
when will we stand up
and shout out “NO MORE“?

When poverty hits us?
When death closes in?
When it happens to us?
When will we begin?

The world needs our voices,
our neighbours need love;
Wouldn’t we want the same
were it happening to us?

Don’t fall for the lies,
filled with anger and fear;
don’t blame the victims
or ban them from here.

Our fate is not sealed
and neither is theirs;
we can make a change,
as long as we care.

So let’s open our hearts,
and speak out with intent.
And make sure that our time
on the earth is well spent.

If we start today,
then tomorrow will change.
And together we’ll find
that love isn’t so strange.

How long will it be?
How long must we wait?
Not long at all,
if we let go of hate.

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Yesterday I wrote and posted this poem, as I felt I had to do something. Anything.

Today I am joining my fellow bloggers in campaigning together to enact change. We’re using the #SaveSyriasChildren hashtag along with Save The Children in order to raise vital funds and awareness.

TEXT 70008 and the word SYRIA to donate £5 (this goes direct to Save The Children’s emergency relief fund. You can find their terms and conditions here).

If you’d rather donate via the web, you can do so here.

If you want to get involved with spreading the word, you can post a black and white image of your child/ren holding a sign saying “it could have been me/us” along with the hashtag #SaveSyriasChildren like the one I’ve posted of Little Man at the top.

Please also post the following with your image, if shared on Facebook:

”There’s lots that you could do from the comfort of your own home.
Please don’t turn a blind eye.
Do Something to help.
Anything.
Whatever you decide, don’t choose apathy.
#SaveSyriasChildren To donate £5 please text SYRIA to 70008”

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If you want to do more, here are some ideas…

Petition to accept more asylum seekers (on the UK Government and Parliament website)

5 ways You Can Help (one of many articles of this kind – Google will provide far more!)

When will we stand up and shout out no more #savesyriaschildren

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