And that also means: how could I not try to help? I've been sheltered all my life, I've grown up in a country in the middle of Europe. A country where you can literally cycle to the next capital city, forget your passport and realize - safely and without any disturbances or checks - that you are incredibly privileged.
When I see pictures from these borders now, it feels surreal beyond any measure.
So far, we've seen - at least in my generation - an unprecedented amount of generosity and also a hands-on mentality that I'm very positively surprised to see. Private people as well as organizations don't hesitate, they don't get caught up in asking the 'what ifs' but rather come together to provide the very basics to let refugees arrive in dignity.
I'm truly impressed by how well the general public has come together as one to help and I think those early September days haven't only ignited a spark of humanity but a bright flame that keeps on shining brightly.
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The civil society has united to efficiently do what was necessary - at the borders, at the train stations, at the asylum centers. Meanwhile, the government seems almost frozen with - I can only guess - shock? Disbelief? A lack of compassion? - leaving people like you and me to muster up the courage and do a job that isn't ours but that is of such incredible importance not just now but for the generations to come.
What we, especially as a 100% voluntarily organized initiative, for sure struggle with, is the fact, that we don't run out of donations, but we are often finding it hard to bring together full-time jobs somewhere else with basically another full-time position working long shifts at the Viennese Hauptbahnhof without pushing our personal limits quite to the max.