An international push is being made across Europe to declare the 3rd of October a European Day in memory of all migrants who have lost their lives making the journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better life.
Since 2013, over 18000 men, women and children have lost their lives in search of hope.
The 3rd of October was chosen in memory of the Lampedusa Tragedy that took place on that day in 2013
The Maltese NGO Kopin and the Marsa Local Council are coming together with 18 other European authorities and 36 civil society organisations have put forward a petition that calls for the 3rd of October to be considered a national day of memory across Europe.
“No More Bricks In The Wall”
To promote this petition, the 3rd of October 2019 will see Freedom Square in Valletta come to life with a variety of performances and art installations right opposite the Parliament building, between 11am and 6pm. Parallel events will take place in all capital cities across Europe.
After you sign the petition, here are some more steps you can take to help create a more welcoming society.
1. Check the facts and don’t believe everything
With the internet so easily accessible to everyone, it’s easy to get caught up in a pile of comments and opinions. But it’s important to remember that comments and opinions are not facts.
You can always check facts on trustworthy sources such as Terre des Hommes.
2. Speak out against injustice
Actions speak louder than words; stand up to injustice when you witness it. Even if others aren’t doing so. If you lead, people will follow.
3. Befriend people in your community
Human contact and interaction is the best way to make anyone feel welcomed and part of a community.
4. Participate in citizen action
What one person does alone is nothing compared to what a group of people can do together. Attend events, organise rallies, make your voices heard.
5. Become a volunteer
Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless. Offering some of your time to an organisation of your choice reaps benefits for everyone. Including you.
6. Donate to make a difference
Every little contribution goes a long way. If you want to donate to Kopin so that they can help others on your behalf, you can send an SMS to these numbers:
5061 7300 for a donation of €2.33
5061 7901 for a donation of €4.66
5061 8880 for a donation of €6.99
5061 9240 for a donation of €11.65
Find out more about the event here and don’t forget to sign the petition
Kopin and the Marsa Local Council encourage members of the public to support the initiative by attending the events and by signing the petition to the European Institutions.
These activities form part of the project “Snapshots from the Borders”, which is co-financed by the European Union.