Editor’s letter by Lisa: Change at last?
Lisa is hoping for strong leadership and collaborations across boarders – as humanity must be at the heart of politics.
Heavy-hearted. Like a friend wrote on Facebook the other day – everything is secondary to the crisis playing out on Europe’s doorsteps; fellow humans being denied the rights to live; a baby boy’s body washed up on the Turkish coast. It’s devastating and a shame; but even more shameful is the sense of hopelessness. The one that makes you numb. Andre Walden, Emanuel Karlsten and what seems to be a number of others popping up in my social media feeds, sense winds of change, at least here in Sweden, and I pray they’re right. After some months of the anti-immigrant party Swedish Democrats’ description of reality seeming to gain more and more ground for every attempt to question them, as Andrev writes, there’s a rebound in the debate. Outbursts of humanity, triggered by images of reality, are dominating the social media, and most importantly – people are acting up and creating real change. A former colleague of mine, Maria Soxbo, co-started a private initiative aiming to help the Syrian refugees reaching the Greek island Lesbos by boat. (Read an account for the situation on Lesbos today here.) As of yesterday night, they had collected 5 million SEK. UN’s refugee agency UNHCR’s fundraising foundation in Sweden, Sweden for UNHCR, has received 8.1 million SEK since they started their campaign nine days ago.
People are helping people. Now it’s time for governments across Europe to act with the same visionary leadership as Merkel. Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven is meeting with her today. Hoping for real decisions, real collaboration and real change.
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