empathetic people in the world--literature readers."
--Morgan Aiello, donor
The hundreds of thousands of refugees who risk life and limb to find security abroad have made ambivalence impossible. There is no denying the responsibility we all shoulder.
Tired of "tweeting my despair about the current refugee crisis that the UK government is responding to with inhumane feebleness", YA author Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls, The Chaos Walking trilogy) set up a fundraising page with the goal of collecting £20,000 for Save the Children.
Three days and nearly half a million pounds later, it would seem he has hit a nerve.
The fundraising page is peppered with authors pledging £10,000, including Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials trilogy), Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon), Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider), Jill Mansell (Rumour Has It), Marian Keyes (This Charming Man), Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry), John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant), Jojo Moyes (Me Before You) and Mr. Ness himself.
You can join their ranks by pledging a donation on Mr. Ness's page. You can also, depending on your location:
- Donate to any reputable organisation working to ensure the safety and dignity of refugees;
- Open your home to refugees in need of a place to sleep;
- Donate clothing, toys, towels... but only if it's in good condition and is actually useful;
- Show your support: tweet, post, talk. Show those around you and your politicians that anything less than empathy in action is simply not enough.
And once you're done, treat yourself to a good read from one of the authors above.