That moment when what you see on TV becomes your reality…
We are living historical times – of change and of indignation. The loudest voices are those we hear – but the loudest of all, are still those coming from fear.
Two nights ago me and some friends walked out of la casa Encendida in Madrid, Spain and walked straight into what seemed to be a war zone. Garbage cans were being lit on fire amid a crowd of lost bystanders filming and taking pictures. Is this a joke or a bad movie? Tension rose as the smoke reached high up in the air and more things were catching fire closer to cars – so we went to seek shelter (and maybe answers) to what was happening.
Long story short – after a few hours the riot calmed down police had intervened, and Lavapies looked like a war zone. That night I got home and safe and my life continued though…
That’s when I thought – I had the chance to go home safely – but for some, events like these – going about your daily life when suddenly your city turns into a battlefield is a reality others have lived. Not just for a night, but for years at end.
The riot broke out, out of anger – anger because of the mistreatment that happens daily to those that immigrate, seek refuge and try and make it out there somewhere else in the world. We call it travelling, others call it survival.. It is a basic human right – that if you do not feel at home in your country - you can make your home wherever you want. Preventing that is a crime against humanity.
I am one of the lucky ones – who could move abroad and find a job and equal treatment. I am privileged and I know it. But for others there is no luck. Just survival. So rather than beg they do what they can. They sell us our beers in the streets, the bracelets we never buy and the handbags we know are fake.
The refugee cause is one that affects us all. It is a global cause. We are the lucky ones – but it could happen to anyone us. Go out one day and find your country in war or part of a natural disaster. Then what do you do? I don’t support the riot nor the violence – but I support those who are angry and want to make a change. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Closing your doors and your minds in front of what is happening is selfish.
If you cannot personally help the refugee cause – help those that can for you – send donations to the NGO’s that work for it, help out a fellow person find a job, a home and any other basic need.
Lighthouse Relief and Refugee 4 Refugees are NGO's I've worked with and that make a difference at the shores of it all - help them achieve it by donating ! Thanks and take care !