Wednesday, 01 February 2012 07:09

Humanise the crisis!

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Today, I woke up to the news that my mother's company is shutting down. She is a nurse, and for the last six years, she has been working for a little company that makes medical examinations in construction companies. When these started to go downhill in 2008, it was clear that my mother's company wouldn't survive long. I therefore expected the news. But it arrived on the day that the EU is holding a summit to solve the crisis a few streets away from my internship office in Brussels.

Yesterday, I was considering walking by the area out of curiosity. "What do these summits look like?" But after talking to my mum today, I wanted to walk by as an active citizen. Those that are in charge of getting us out of the hole are just 10 minutes away from me, and I have the possibility of making my voice heard. God knows I don't want to miss that. So I thought of carrying a sign with the sentence: "MY MOTHER LOST HER JOB TODAY. PLEASE REMEMBER HER AND THE OTHER 23 MILLION UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE." No yelling, no whistling, not a single form of violence or even ironic passive-aggression. Just a polite reminder of the real reason why the leaders are meeting today.

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