I’m struggling to reconcile the response to the Shoreham air crash with the current crisis involving refugees that is happening globally.
Don’t get me wrong, the Shoreham air crash was terrible and the families deserve help and support. However, in the last few days, I’ve seen shops collecting for the families, café’s donating their tips to the Shoreham air crash families. I have heard supposed stories of distant family members who barely knew the victims starting go fund me campaigns to cash in on the disaster and make £20-30k tax free profit from this tragic accident, effectively conning the public and exploiting someone’s death.
The families of the unfortunate victims will receive help, not least from the Public Liability Insurance for the event, as they rightly should without all of this public fund-raising. Is the offer of money not in some way insulting; it can’t bring someone back.
In sharp contrast, I have not seen any fund-raising for refugees locally. Just a modest contribution to this cause could greatly change the lives of these vulnerable people.
So, Great Britain, are eleven British lives really more important than thousands of others, just because they are British and died on British soil? In my mind, no they are not. These refugees (I refuse to call them migrants) deserve our help and support. If we have any humanity left in us, let’s remember the dead from the Shoreham air crash, let’s help the families, but let’s also offer the same compassion to those fleeing violence, oppression and death too.