Giving thanks for our humanity

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“Small” acts of good, in fact, are stronger than all that attempts to mock, minimize, or stop them.

 ERITREA—

Of the 5,000 people who flee Eritrea each month, many leave clutching a phone number—the number of Meron Estefanos. When they run into difficulty on the boats bound for Italy, they call the journalist who, from her Stockholm flat, communicates the co-ordinates to the coastguard.  More than 50 boats were rescued in this way during 2015 and some 16,000 people saved.



      NIGERIA—

Lawal Dan Gashua, the chair person of a bakers’ association in the northern city of Maiduguri, a former Boko Haram stronghold, has housed 300 people during the conflict between the government and the extremist group. He squeezed as many people as he could into his ‘gently rusting’ compound, and billeted others in the community, since displaced people started arriving in his city in 2012. His bakery now provides a permanent home and endless bread to fourteen boys whose fathers were among the thousands killed by Boko Haram. Mr. Gashua gets no support from the government, saying simply that as someone with bread, it makes him feel responsible.


      MALTA—

Millionaire US-Italian couple Christopher and Regina Catrambone were moved by the sight of a winter coat floating past their yacht on a family holiday in the Mediterranean in 2013. Months later, when 400 people (mostly Syrians and Eritreans) drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, 160 kilometres from the Catrambones’ home in Malta, they took action. With their life savings, they bought a rescue ship, The Phoenix, and in 2014 privately funded a stint – at a cost of over $500,000 per month – rescuing migrants along the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy.  The project became the Migrant Offshore Aid Station. Now equipped with two drones and two high-speed rescue crafts, it has saved over 12,000 lives. 


  CROATIA—

Brodoto, a Croatian non-profit, fundraised for baby slings for refugee mothers trekking along the Western Balkan migration route. The campaign hit four times over its initial goal of $2,300 in less than 48 hours. ‘We’re aware that these baby slings won’t stop this humanitarian catastrophe,’ they wrote on funding platform Indiegogo, ‘but it will ease the way for the most vulnerable group – mothers and babies – to reach their destination safely.’


Reprinted from DailyGood 

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