Message of Solidarity and Love

written by Tamara Astor, community engagement worker

On the 23rd of June, our women’s group met online due to the strikes. One of the ‘Simple Acts’ suggestions for Refugee Week 2022 was to send a message to migrants around the world. Tamara, our community engagement worker, has links with Melie – the founder of WingWoman – an organisation in Beirut, Lebanon.  Through the production and sale of reusable period products WingWoman provide employment for women, whilst simultaneously reducing period poverty 💪🩸♻️. We recorded our message to them on Zoom and Shatha, one of our wonderful volunteers, expertly translated our messages into Levantine Arabic. It is an expression of solidarity, love and peace.

Even though SLRA is a local, grassroots organisation, we are in solidarity with all migrant-led organisations that believe in a positive, efficient, and fair immigration systems. It is important not to forget that solidarity knows no borders when fighting together for justice and peace. Enjoy our message and feel free to share it with your community. 

Have a look at the video and listen to our message to WingWomen

Or if you prefer reading, below you can find the message (in Arabic and English)

A LOT OF LOVE AND PEACE FROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU 

OUR THOUGHT IS WITH YOU ALWAYSPLEASE BE STRONG AND DON’T GIVE UP, HELP IS ON THE WAY!

كل الحب والسلام منا إليكم، قلوبنا معكم دائمًا، رجاءًا لا تستسلموا، الفرج قريب 

FROM ONE WOMEN’S GROUP TO ANOTHER;  MAY YOU FIND SOLIDARITY AND JOY IN YOUR COMMUNITY, THAT GIVES YOU STRENGTH IN DIFFICULT TIMESWE MAY BE IN LONDON BUT WE ARE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT

من مجموعة نساء إلى مجموعة نساء، نتمنى أن تجدوا التعاطف و الفرح في مجتمعاتكم و أن تمدكم بالقوة في اللحظات الصعبة، صحيح أننا في لندن جسدًا ولكن قلوبنا و أرواحنا معكم في لبنان.

WE LOVE YOU.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  WE ARE WITH YOU IN THIS.  YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS.  DON’T GIVE UP

نحبكم، و اعلموا أنكم لستم وحدكم نحن معكم و أنتم في قلوبنا، لا تستسلموا 

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.  BE STRONG!  [WE ACKNOWLEDGE GOD AND/OR FAITH MAY TAKE MANY FORMS!]

لا شيء مستحيل بالإيمان، ابقوا أقوياء، كل المحبة لكم. 

ONE LOVE, KEEP US TOGETHER!

المحبة تجمعنا. 

BE STRONG TOGETHER AND BE HOPEFUL

في الوحدة قوة، تفائلوا

WE LOVE YOU AND WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU. STAY STRONG

نبعت لكم كل المحبة والسلام، أنتم في صلواتنا و دعائنا دائمًا. 

FREEDOM IS A VERY IMPORTANT THING TO ME, SO FREE YOUR MINDS!

الحرية مهمة جدًا بالنسبة إلى، حرروا عقولكم.