Shetland wants to help humanitarian crisis

Local people across Shetland want to help Syrian refugees by offering assistance and accommodation says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. He has had many messages from Islanders asking what Shetland can do to help as TV pictures show Syrian families in terrible conditions, in distress and in the image of Aylan Kurdi, a young boy found drowned on a Turkish beach.

Tavish Scott is welcoming a meeting to be convened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tomorrow, Friday, of humanitarian agencies, councils and party leaders.

Tavish Scott said, "No one can ignore the scenes on our television screens, social media and the newspapers from a Turkish beach of a drowned young Syrian boy. Any parent, any individual has been affected by this terrible scene. Nor can anyone fail to recognise the bravery of German Chancellor Merkel facing an anti-immigrant group and telling them that helping refugees is the right thing to do.

"I have had various messages from across Shetland. People want to help. Shetland has a strong, caring capacity for people in need. So too does Scotland and the rest of the UK. So the Prime Minister should show some backbone and take a lesson from the German Chancellor rather than panicking about UKIP and their horrible anti-immigrant language.

"The UK should help Syrian refugees. Scotland can play its part as can Shetland. I want tomorrow's meeting chaired by the First Minister to produce a plan that allows us all to play a positive role in helping refugees from a war stricken part of the world with no end in sight."

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