#RestartTheRescue

Happy Tuesday,

We’ve been following the escalating crisis in the Mediterranean in recent months, and collectively decided to create a video that would air our views to the world. A disgraceful number of refugees have died this year, with estimates ranging from 30 to 100 times more than the same period of time in 2014. Western governments are simply refusing to respond. In the House of Lords it was announced: “We do not support planned search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean”. The name ‘migrant’ rather than ‘refugee’ appearing in much of our news coverage makes it easy to excuse our apathy through ‘political expediency’ (Amnesty International, 22nd April 2015).

What is more, the issue has barely been covered in the lead up to this year’s election. We wanted to argue that No Life is Worth Nothing, that we as human beings have a duty of care to those displaced by conflict.

The Economist had this to say:

“as well as reflecting a deep malaise in the lands they are fleeing, the plight of Europe’s boat people also exposes the failings of countries with a duty to shelter them.” (25th April 2015)

And the folks at Amnesty were even more damning:

We then read a passage from Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex, an incredible novel that deals with the conflict of cultural displacement and gender identity (although that description by no means does the work justice). After reading the following excerpt which describes British attitudes towards watching Smyrna burn in 1922, we had to get out our cameras.
Middlesex, (Macmillan, 2002)

Middlesex, (Macmillan, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we contacted our friends at Little Fury Films, who contacted a few of their friends, and we ended up creating No Life Worth Nothing (click to watch) in 24 hours. Please see the links beneath the video where you can DONATE and read some more articles.

 

Thanks and spread the word,

All at GGA