On 27th of January, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the extermination of 6 million Jews, 500,000 Rom and Sinti, as well as thousands of communists, lesbians, homosexuals, transexuals, people with mental illnesses, Jehova's Witnesses and Slavs.
Remembering means saying NO to war, NO to walls, NO to exclusion and xenophobia.
Silence has fallen on Syria, on the tragedy of its people. An even deeper silence has fallen on other conflict zones, such as Yemen where weapons sold by British firms fall on a helpless population. These conflicts only attract attention when something particularly terrible happens and the media almost never goes into the causes of the conflicts - the political and economic interests that triggered them.
Wars, violence, economic exploitation and dispossession force thousands of people to flee their countries, seeking safety. The new President of the US denies them help and refuge. Our Prime Minister takes his hand.
Let's not forget that these tragedies are caused to a great extent by the economic model under which many are suffering in our own country. It's our responsiblity and in our own interests to put an end to politics of war, of conquest, exploitation, and to the increasing injustice in our own country and elsewhere.
You who live safe
In your warm houses,
You who find warm food
And friendly faces when you return home.
Consider if this is a man
Who works in mud,
Who knows no peace,
Who fights for a crust of bread,
Who dies by a yes or no.
Consider if this is a woman
Without hair, without name,
Without the strength to remember,
Empty are her eyes, cold her womb,
Like a frog in winter.
Never forget that this has happened.
Remember these words.
Engrave them in your hearts,
When at home or in the street,
When lying down, when getting up.
Repeat them to your children.
Or may your houses be destroyed,
May illness strike you down,
May your offspring turn their faces from you.
Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz