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“For two weeks my tears didn’t stop. Nothing made sense. Why…

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“For two weeks my tears didn’t stop. Nothing made sense. Why did these things happen to my family? We did everything right. Everything. We were very honest with everyone. We treated our neighbors well. We made no big mistakes. I was under so much pressure at this time. My father was in intensive care, and every day my sisters called and told me that ISIS was getting closer to our village. I went completely crazy. I fainted in the street one day and woke up in the hospital. I gave the rest of my money to a smuggler to help my sisters escape to Iraq. Now I only had 1000 Euro left and I was stranded in Turkey. My father recovered from his operation at this time. He called me and asked how I’d paid for his surgery. I told him that the money came from a friend. He asked if I had made it to Europe. For the first time ever, I lied to my father. I didn’t want him to feel guilty about his surgery. I told him that I was in Europe, and I was safe, and there was nothing to worry about.” (Kos, Greece)

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Everyone should have the right to flee war to find peace by Andy Worthington

I took this photo at the refugee march in central London on 12th September 2015 — ‘Solidarity with Refugees’ aka ‘Refugees Welcome Here,’ organised by groups and organisations including the Syria Solidarity Movement, the Refugee Council, Refugee Action, Amnesty International, Stand Up to Racism, the People’s Assembly Against Austerity and the Stop the War Coalition.
Today was a great day for the millions of us who want to see a better world, and are fed up with the existing power structure — the election, by a landslide, of Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour Party leader, and the march in central London, which was attended by around 100,000 people in solidarity with the refugees fleeing Syria and other countries in numbers not seen since the Second World War.
The existing power structure presides over a hard-hearted and increasingly unequal vision of the UK, in which the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, austerity is cynically used by the Tories to try and destroy the state provision of almost all services, and the refugee crisis is sidelined — and all this by a government that, although it has provided significant financial aid, is only accepting 20,000 refugees, over five years and on a temporary basis, and is now gunning for war, which will only create more refugees, and trying to justify that through the disturbing extrajudicial execution of two British citizens in Syria via an RAF-led drone attack.
For the refugee march, see: http://on.fb.me/1PDRYF6
and: http://on.fb.me/1NZP6Fi
For my article about the refugee crisis, see: http://bitly.com/1NZP6Fk…
For my website, see: http://bitly.com/1PDRYF8
For my most interesting photos, see: http://bitly.com/1PDS1AM…

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Andy Worthington says: Refugees in, Tories out by Andy Worthington

I asked a fellow protestor to take this photo of me at the refugee march in central London on 12th September 2015 — ‘Solidarity with Refugees’ aka ‘Refugees Welcome Here,’ organised by groups and organisations including the Syria Solidarity Movement, the Refugee Council, Refugee Action, Amnesty International, Stand Up to Racism, the People’s Assembly Against Austerity and the Stop the War Coalition.
Today was a great day for the millions of us who want to see a better world, and are fed up with the existing power structure — the election, by a landslide, of Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour Party leader, and the march in central London, which was attended by around 100,000 people in solidarity with the refugees fleeing Syria and other countries in numbers not seen since the Second World War.
The existing power structure presides over a hard-hearted and increasingly unequal vision of the UK, in which the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, austerity is cynically used by the Tories to try and destroy the state provision of almost all services, and the refugee crisis is sidelined — and all this by a government that, although it has provided significant financial aid, is only accepting 20,000 refugees, over five years and on a temporary basis, and is now gunning for war, which will only create more refugees, and trying to justify that through the disturbing extrajudicial execution of two British citizens in Syria via an RAF-led drone attack.
For the refugee march, see: http://on.fb.me/1PDRYF6
and: http://on.fb.me/1NZP6Fi
For my article about the refugee crisis, see: http://bitly.com/1NZP6Fk…
For my website, see: http://bitly.com/1PDRYF8
For my most interesting photos, see: http://bitly.com/1PDS1AM…

via Flickr http://flic.kr/p/ygr44s