Seriously: Do not read on unless you have a strong stomach.
I wanted to share this with you.
Not everyone who reads this will feel as strongly about this as I do. We've talked about it on here quite a few times, and I know there are some who at least to some extent, disagree with me.
That's fine. I have no problem with disagreement, but it won't make me feel any less wretched.
The refugee crisis is horrific. I'm not sure that horrific is quite strong enough a word, but it is the best I can do for just now. Maybe you can improve upon it.
My Twitter feed keeps throwing up pictures that I find seriously distressing. It would be easier to simply unfollow the people who are tweeting this, but that won't make it go away.
Just for example, here is Homs in Syria. A before and after pic. This is what people are fleeing.
It used to be a nice place, busy, clean, greenish... and now it's not.
This is where some of these people are now. (Don't go any further unless you are prepared for a shock).
This has happened to too many people. Too many people desperately looking for a new life have found death at the hands of people traffickers who have charged them their life savings to get away from the bombing and killing.
Humza Yousaf, our minister for external relations, has said that Scotland and the Scottish government stands ready to do its part in the international effort to help the refugees, along with countries like Germany, Sweden, Austria and even little Iceland. Nicola Sturgeon has backed him on this.
London, it appears, does not share his humanitarian outlook.
It seems the British Prime Minister, whilst busily reminding us that "we" are a Christian country, hasn't got past page 2 of his Bible and his boss, whose every action is mindful of the teachings of Christ, must be on a day off.
These kids could be your kids, or my kids. How can we do so little?