Abd Alkader Habak, is a photographer and anti-government activist. He was photographing the city of Aleppo when a bomb hit the bus of those evacuating the war-torn city. When Habak noticed that there were wounded and dead children surrounding him, he put down his camera and began to help. He is pictured here carrying a wounded Syrian boy out of the destruction but later finds himself kneeling next to a dead child--a reality of life for many inside #Syria.
This morning, off the coast of Lesvos, Greece a boat of refugees attempting to flee to the safety of Greek shores capsized. The two survivors found so far, one of them a pregnant woman, said 25 people were onboard including men women and children, all presumably drowned in the sea. I wonder how many boats sink unknown to us simply because no one survives to say someone was there and lived and mattered and tried to swim and tried to hold on to their loved ones but just couldn't do it and couldn't make it to land? How many people have to drown trying to desperately save their families from terrorists and bombs before the problem is adequately addressed by the international community? The coordinates of your birthplace shouldn't get to determine if you get to live or die. It has be our duty when someone from an unsafe land calls out to those of us living in safety to respond and help. People are being left to drown in the sea, to die in camps waiting for interviews to prove they aren't terrorists, and to raise children born and grown up without schools or a home or a chance at life. My heart is sad today. Sending love to the volunteers and rescue teams out on the shores and water today.
Beautiful story & sentiments from my old (literally - we're both having our 50th birthdays!) friend @_4leafclover_ We need to share this kind of story in this increasingly ugly & irrational political climate.
This Anzac Day I'm sparing a thought for those that are displaced by war, and the potential we have to offer them safe haven, and for them in turn to enrich our nation. This is my father disembarking the migrant ship Fairsea at Port Melbourne, May 1950. He's the one with the cap, smiling& waving:) He came not as an economic migrant, but as a political refugee, on the run from the Russians in Poland due to his resistance activities, his country in ruins. His face is full of ebullience, and his gratitude for simply being alive shows. Not a day went by in his life that he was not grateful for his chance at a new start in Australia- he didn't miss one opportunity, took every initiative and enriched the civil engineering business with his European training & techniques which were far in advance of Australia at that time. There are countless success stories like his, let us not forget them in the current fear- fuelled debate over #refugees. And Let's just find a smarter way to grow as a nation#refugeeswelcome#migrantsmakeithappen
"As an 11-year-old crossing the border, I had two dreams: first, to become a Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger and second, to see my mother’s face again because I was afraid I would forget what she looked like. After 9 months apart, I finally reconnected with my mother, but that only began the struggle of being an undocumented immigrant. I’m 30 now, and I succeeded with the incredible support of family, friends, and church community (and some new policies). I am a high school mathematics teacher and am ready to marry a wonderful and supportive guy. I have accomplished many dreams in my 19 years in the U.S. from graduating college to hiking the Appalachian Trail to playing my violin on a big stage. Challenges continue to arise, but that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming."
Hugo is one of 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. In 2012, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) made it possible for young undocumented immigrants like him to integrate into society. However, DACA is a policy, not a permanent solution, and can be taken away at any moment. As it is today, Hugo’s future in the U.S. remains uncertain. [RP @invisibleamerica - go peep them for more stories!]
Today 23 refugees drowned in front of eftalou at the north coast of Lesvos. Two survived the accident and told there were 25 people on board. Some were found, others probably washed away, end up in a fishing net (yes, it happened) or wash ashore soon. Just like that famous picture.
And yes,that was 2.5 years ago.
If these people were just wearing life jackets, maybe some would've made it. Unfortunately even life jackets are mostly fake and will go down after a couple minutes as you see in this picture I took december 2015. Taken at almost the exact place where the tragedy took place today. Life jackets are not supposed to go down on their own right?
It's all too unfair #safepassagenow#safepassage#nomoredeaths#stopit#refugeeswelcome#refugees#flashbacks#lesvos#lesbos
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