Be angry, get involved and answer the cry for help
This our new globalised village. The unprecedented African migration crisis is not only the loudest cry for help the world has ever heard and ignored. It is also a damning indictment of development paradigm based on foreign aid.
If foreign aid is working, as British and other donor countries want us to believe, why are hundreds of thousands of African men, pregnant women and children taking risky journeys across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life in Europe every year?
Be angry and get involved whatever you position in society may be:
- Rise the matter with your fellow students, workmates, community or religious congregation,
- Sign a petition,
- Write to your local Member of British Parliament (MP). http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
- Write to your local Member of the European Parliament (MEP). http://www.europarl.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/en/your-meps/uk_meps.html
- Write to your local Councillor https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-councillors
- Write to your local newspaper http://news.mysociety.org/
- Call in the Leading Britain’s Conversation (LBC) and or local radio station.
- Free and constructive public debate on immigration issues;
- EU not to take African migrants to Libyan detention camps;
- Release those already detained Libyan detention camps;
- Fulfil their obligation under the 2005 UN ‘Responsibility to Protect’ by:
- Taking in children and the most vulnerable people as asylum seekers
- Creating UN Safe Havens in Africa to accommodate rescued African migrants pending safe return to their countries of origin;
- Promoting fair trade, not more aid, in order to tackle poverty which is the main cause of African migration
- Funding for projects for sexual and reproductive health aimed at empowering African women to decide if, when and how many children they should have.