Happy Christmas Eve all - whatever you're up to and whatever you're celebrating, I hope it's a very good day for you =)
I owe a *lot* of comment replies and messages, I'm sorry, my arms have been even more wrecked, my life really has reduced right now to dragging myself through the work I have to and then just huddling down to try to recover from that; haven't written one word in weeks and for me that is *weird*, weird weird weird, hardly even recognise myself. But I needed to haul my useless painful arms up for this, because this is important.
It's Christmas, after a godawful fucking year, and one of the standout most fucking awful parts of it is that the Mediterranean sea has now become a mass grave: five thousand people died trying to cross that sea in 2016 alone. You already know I've been impotently despairing about this for a long time, because last year we worked together to raise money for MSF. Now I have a Christmas wish for the people spending their winter in refugee camps, having fled war and survived the trip to Europe, where now it's cold and bleak and hostile and I don't know what the fuck is going on with humanity recently that a lot of people honestly don't *care* about that. Caring is important. Caring is the most fucking important thing you can do, what the fuck else is the point of us otherwise?
An old colleague of mine is making the trip in February to go help in a refugee camp on Lesbos, with Movement on the Ground
. She's fundraising for the trip (not for personal expenses, but for travel and the kit they'll need), which she'll spend working with the kids in the camp, providing them with schooling, music, drama, sport, basically giving them a *childhood* after everything they've been through. Children shouldn't spend their days frightened and abandoned in a barely-fit-for-purpose camp. They're *children*. Of all the fucking things that have happened this pissing awful year, fucking hell, they're *children*, and we can't keep taking out our massive adult fuck-ups on *children*.
I'm donating what pathetic money a student budget can give to her, but the main thing I'm able to do for her is signal boosting. It's going through a particular bank account rather than a JustGiving site or something similar so I can't give the details of it here for any randomer to pick up and do nefarious things with, so here's the system: if you'd like to contribute (think of it as a Christmas present to me? ;) ) then comment on here or message me (please have your journal set so you can receive messages in reply - I pretty often get messages from people I type a response to and then find that they've actually blocked messages from coming into their account, it's pretty frustrating -_- ) and I'll give you her email address, and then *she* will give you the bank details. If you don't have an LJ account, comment with an email address (if you're anonymous the comment will be screened, so no-one else will see your address) and I'll email you.
I won't be able to make these long or personal messages, sorry - remember that my arms are utterly fucked, this is my day's allotment of typing right here - and I'm really sorry and don't mean to be rude if it's very clearly a cut-and-paste job you get in return. For those I seriously owe messages (niitza
I must owe you like twenty -_-; ) I'll try to get back to you soon <3 But if you want to harness the power of the internet to physically *do* something, do let me know - and I hope all of you spend the next few days warm and comfortable and well and loved and loving; be well, everyone, and thank you for every time you raised the brightness in the world during a very, very trying year for all of us. Some lights are very small, but if enough of them glow, fairy lights can illuminate an entire room <3