Ylva's charity book for the refugees of Lesbos.
Imagine one day you look out your window or stand on a beautiful sandy beach, and you see a dot on the horizon far out at sea. And as it gets bigger and bigger over the next hour or so, you begin to make out splashes of colour. Oranges and reds and you realise these are the lifejackets of the people in the boat. But so many? Two hundred people packed into a boat manufactured to carry for maybe 30 max. So you go the help them because they don't know the shoreline like you do. They don't know where the rocks are. You don't understand exactly what they're doing but you know they are in trouble.
|Lifejackets litter the shore.|
And then the next day you see another dot on the horizon, and another, and another. And then it never stops and suddenly you are in the middle of a flood of scared, desperate people. And you are scared right along with them because you know this is bigger than you, you know there is something weird and almost biblical about this flood of people. You know you are a witness of something extraordinary, of living history and you are afraid you will not cope.
|Shelter from the rain in an old drinks cooler.|
I'm hoping this book, Tales of the Grimoire 1, is on your kindles, nooks, ipads, whatever you read on. Not because I'm an editor, but because for every sale Ylva makes a donation to a charity called 'The Village of Together'. That is the rough translation, and it gets the message across perfectly. These are local people bound together by compassion to try and deal with a crisis unfolding on their doorstep.
|Exhaustion and despair.|
You've all seen the newsreels of the boats being dragged onto the shore and the joyful and frightened refugees alighting to hugs, tears, and triage. But have you witnessed the lines at the camps for registration, for food, for water, for warm clothing? Those tents they sleep in, their bedding, the blankets, the sleeping bags, shoes, socks, coats, toothbrushes, painkillers, sanitary pads, baby milk, much, much more, all this comes from you. And one of the ways you can continue to help is to please buy this book.
|Volunteer helps child.|
|This is where they go from the beach. The camps. Terrible places.|
I can't thank Astrid, and everyone at Ylva enough for selecting The Village of Together to be our charity this year and I want to make the most of it. So please, this is the easiest way to help these people fleeing from war and catastrophe. They've lost so much, have so little, and are already so defeated and frightened. Your donation will buy everything from lentils to insulin, and I promise it will be spent wisely and on the people who need it most, the refugees. Thank you.