If we are to tackle the root cause of the refugee crisis hitting Europe, it is time for Western leaders and the international community to face up to their responsibilities in Syria and the Middle East. For four years the world has been failing to find a way to stop the war in Syria. We cannot let it continue.
On Saturday I'll join thousands of others - including my Liberty colleagues and many of our members - to take to the streets of London in solidarity with refugees. We will march to show the powerful that we see through the barrage of poisonous, dehumanising rhetoric with which we've been bombarded in recent years. These refugees are not a "swarm", as the Prime Minister labelled them, and they're not "marauding" as they were branded by the Foreign Secretary. They are not, as they have been variously described in the media, an "organised mob", an "unstoppable flood" or "the biggest threat to Europe since the war". They are desperate human beings fleeing war, genocide, tyranny and exploitation in the hope of finding a better life for their families.
Bashar al-Assad is responsible for some of the most heinous war crimes of recent times, including the use of chemical weapons, the mass imprisonment and torture of political opponents, and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas causing massive casualties. Yet the unpalatable reality must surely be that, despite his grim record, he remains indispensable in the search for an end to the conflict.
Malnutrition is everyone's business but often seems to be nobody's responsibility. That is why leadership is so important. Unicef has taken the lead, and with governments and partners, made the reduction of child malnutrition their responsibility, inspiring others, including myself, to do so as well.
It is often said that being in the front row seat as history unfolds itself is one of the privileges of a press photographer's job. Well, that has certainly been the case for me over the last few weeks here in Hungary. Over those few weeks I have seen scenes of joy, turn to despair and turn to joy again. I have been covering the migrant and refugee crisis which is being described as the biggest movement of people since the Second World War. This story has really been unfolding all summer. There have been many flash points. Confused responses. Polarised opinion and massive political implications for the future of the European Union. But one thing is clear, is that has been a very photographic and image led story.
Amnesty is concerned that if we allow this to become the norm, we could have countries all over the world conducting aerial executions of perceived enemies on the basis of secret, unchallengeable evidence. Would we honestly be so relaxed if this was an announcement from Moscow, or Beijing, or Pyongyang or Oceania?
Syrians have a right to seek a safer future than the reality they face now. If we can't make that happen for them in Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, we should not be surprised if they come and look for it here. Seeking protection and education should not be seen as a luxury and survival should never been seen as enough.