You are not alone. I am here with you. Though we’re far apart. You’re always in my heart.

 

Life Lyrics : MICHAEL JACKSON

Running for freedom.

So as most of you probably know by now, this month I am running to raise money for the @Britishredcross as part of their #makeyourmilescount campaign but also to share the stories and plight of other humans who have been forced to flee their homes.

Today I ran for the young refugee children and their families that are currently being held in detention centres around the world. In particular I ran for those currently being held in Libya.

It’s hard to believe that other humans, small children are currently being detained simply because of their migration status in overcrowded conditions with a lack of access to sufficient food, water or medical treatment. A recent assessment of just one of these centres found alarming levels of malnutrition, with some people held in a room so small there was no space to lie down.

Today I have been researching what support is on offer to young refugee children and their families that are currently being held in detention centres around the world. In particular, those currently being held in Libya.

People are currently detained simply because of their migration status in overcrowded conditions with a lack of access to sufficient food, water or medical treatment. A recent assessment of just one of these centres found alarming levels of malnutrition, with some people held in a room so small there was no space to lie down. Worse still, one third of the people detained indefinitely in this centre were children.

The United Nations Teams are doing all they can to help, but in the long term, things are unlikely to improve for refugees and migrants as long as the UK and other European Governments continue to support policies which trap them in Libya.

The UK has long been a supporter of this policy: it has used public money to fund and train the Libyan Coastguard, who forcibly return people trying to escape these appalling conditions, and in some cases have threatened vessels trying to rescue people from drowning. @unitednations

https://donate.unhcr.org/gb/general/~my-donation?gclsrc=aw.ds&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2OLD39zr5AIVibPtCh37LALqEAAYASAAEgIlZvD_BwE

“What is needed now is not empty condemnation but the urgent and immediate evacuation of all refugees and migrants held in detentions centres out of Libya. Today, inaction and complacency has needlessly cost the lives of more vulnerable refugees and migrants.” Prince Alfani, MSF Medical Coordinator – Libya

 

What policies do we have in place to help to help support people?

The Red cross offer support to refugees both here in the UK and also internationally.

They rely on their volunteers and donations for the work that they do.

To support the British red cross you can head to their site where there are further details for you to donate your time or money.

https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-help/get-help-as-a-young-refugee-or-asylum-seeker

To support humans currently being held in detention centres in Libya. Young people and their famillies who are being subjected to torture, abuse, humiliation and public punishment.

You can sign the petition and ask the government to end its harmful policies on refugees and migrants.

We can support them by signing the petition below-:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/259399/signatures/new

Although we are worlds apart; we must stay connected to each other; to our world.

We are 1 tribe. 1 family. Stronger together.