As I look at the rain outside again, and see on the weather forecast that we might get snow at the weekend, I realise how lucky I am in to be at home. When the 700,000 Syrian refugees currently in Jordan are not. Through no fault of their own they are no longer not only not in their own home, but not in their own country. Thousands of them are in camps, walking to camps or sitting at the border desperate to get to safety.
They are exhausted, scared, often separated from the rest of their family, cold. They are unbearably cold. When you think of the things you would grab at 2am as you wake up to find your house has been bombed it’s rare that you would think of a duvet, a blanket or even a coat. Many Syrians fled in the warmer months and probably didn’t think for one second think they would be in the position they are in today six months later: coatless.
This is the post I wrote about Aya on the day I left for Jordan with WorldVisionUK last month: Syria Five Years On An eight year old girl who’s feet are so painful from walking in wet socks and shoes that she has told her mum she wants to die.
Today is the day that WorldVision are fundraising with their campaign #BarefootCoatless to help people like Aya and her parents, and the other hundreds of thousands of people who need our help, today and everyday until this conflict is over.
Would you spend today barefoot and/or coatless to stand in solidarity with Syrian refugees? That is what WorldVision are asking to do, and to donate money. £15 buys a coat for a child that doesn’t have one in order to keep them warm
All the information you need to donate is here: Click to read more and please give what you can, it really will make the world of difference.
I have just walked the dog barefoot in the grass and I cannot tell you how cold my feet are. Yet I know that in ten minutes they will be warm again.
Aya doesn’t have that luxury