Britain’s “compassionate majority” appeared to find its voice on Thursday as many thousands of people took to social media, signed petitions, and made offers of support to refugees affected by the current migration crisis.
While British politicians have been lamented for appearing to heed domestic political concerns rather than focusing on the human suffering created by the crisis, support for refugees has become noticeably more vocal in the past few days.
The photographs of tragic Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi have helped to spur a sense of action, and brought about a distinct change in tone to coverage of the crisis from the press.
People are openly asking how they might do their bit to help – and taking to social media to express their dismay at politicians’ response to the crisis, sign petitions, and even make offers of support themselves.
Not all politicians have stayed silent
Other images took a different view of the statistics
FC Bayern was applauded for its efforts in setting up a camp for refugees
And there have been so many personal offers of help and messages of support
#refugeeswelcome Im housebound and little money, but Im willing and happy to share with those who have so much less- we all should be— kim moore (@floellaella) September 3, 2015
One should not leave fellow human beings to suffer. #refugeeswelcome— Thomas Hemingford (@THemingford) September 3, 2015
#refugeeswelcome we are all human— Catherine Woodward (@cathwinwoodward) September 3, 2015
Please donate and retweet to our appeal to take 'childhood bags' to refugee children https://t.co/AG14boTJDgSeptember 3, 2015
re #refugeeswelcome, there are literally abandoned villages not far from where I grew up. The idea there's not room is laughable nonsense.— Adam Ramsay (@AdamRamsay) September 3, 2015
my eyes my heart, i have 1 room, my arms are open #refugeeswelcome— TheAgeofAquarius (@OpAquarius) September 3, 2015
"No one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land"
The full poem. #refugeeswelcomeSeptember 3, 2015
These pour souls are in desperate, inhumane situations - that we've contributed to. They're not scroungers, they're people #RefugeesWelcome— Sofia (@rubberduckygirl) September 3, 2015
It's nobody's fault where they are born. Everyone, every child, deserves a home where they are safe. #refugeeswelcome— Sabrina (@mummystylist) September 3, 2015
Can't believe it takes pictures of a dead child for our county to even question its inhumanity #refugeeswelcome— Effie trinket (@evestain_) September 3, 2015
open the door
to those in need
stop pandering to ignorance and greed.September 3, 2015
What's been shown in these heartbreaking images, is what has been happening for so long. We must urge our government to act #refugeeswelcome— Lauren (@lauren_mhari) September 3, 2015