Start: 20. March 2020 – 7:30 pm
The coronavirus poses profound challenges for all of us. We can’t have much social contact, and we’re anxious about what the future will look like for us and our loved ones. But there are people who have no home in which to take shelter; no place where they can feel safe and looked after, no heating, not even a proper bed. We want to bring everybody’s attention to those people. This is why we say: #LeaveALightOn #LeaveNoOneBehind!
Each one of you can contribute and show your solidarity with those who are in need. With thousands of candles in our windows, we want to show that there are many who have a long road ahead on their search for safety. Each candle is a small lighthouse, leading their way.
What do we do?
Put a candle in your window, light it, take a picture and put it online starting tonight, 20 March 2020 at 7:30 pm. If you want to, write something about why you are doing this and who you are doing it for. Use the hashtags #LeaveALightOn and #LeaveNoOneBehind
Ideas for the text?
What you write is up to you. Perhaps think of the situation the people are in, the state of healthcare, the crowded tents. Remember that even as European Governments are outlawing public gatherings, they are forcing thousands of people to live on top of each other in overcrowded camps. If those spaces are not evacuated now, thousands will die.
What is the timeframe?
Any evening over the weekend (March 20th, 21st & 22nd). There will be another action during the next few days, we will let you know!
The virus does not differentiate according to skin colour, religion or gender. The coronavirus affects us all. Therefore, we want to face this challenge together so that we can overcome this crisis while also upholding our values. In view of the challenge we face, we need many signs of solidarity. Narrow-mindedness and egoism cannot be allowed to prevail. The coronavirus will especially hit those who already have difficulties. This includes the refugees at our external borders, the homeless, the elderly and the sick. The corona-crisis might distract us from the suffering of those seeking protection, but violence and humanitarian disaster continue. That’s why it’s important to stick together, now more than ever. For Europe to confront this pandemic in unity, overcrowded refugee camps must be evacuated quickly. Currently, on Lesbos’s Moria Camp alone, there are over 20,000 people living in facilities built to accommodate only 3,000. Quarantine, hand-washing or social-distancing are essential at this moment, but if you live in Moria, none of this is possible. These people are threatened with infection, faced with a lack of humanitarian care, and left to their fate. If the virus breaks out in such a camp, it will be almost impossible to stop it from spreading.
Any failure to act now will make us jointly responsible for the catastrophe that threatens people in need. We will leave no one behind. This is a challenge that we are encountering all together.”
Your #LeaveNoOneBehind – Team
PS: If you have any ideas, let us know!
Thank you for your support!
We are amazed by the number of people who signed our petition. We have no intention of stopping now. Over the coming days, we want to harness more attention by taking action together with all of you. Participate and spread the word to your friends and family. We’re happy about every picture, every like and every tweet that helps spread our message!