Solidarity is essential
From the very beginning, 25 years ago now, we have been committed to working with certain values and the people who promote or should promote these values, as well as those citizen organizations and groups that work to make them a reality. More than 50 entities dealing with peace, human and civil rights, fair trade, anti-prohibition, the environment, reggae and Rastafarian culture participate each year in the Rototom Sunsplash. They do so with their stands during the festival, their talks in the Social Forum or the Reggae University and their workshops held in the different cultural areas. Furthermore we collaborate with these associations by directly supporting some projects. This year we stand, as is only natural, with those who find themselves suffering in terrible situations as is the case of the refugees. We believe that our stance is shared by many. For this reason we would like to give special support to the organisations Médicos Sin Fronteras, Proactiva Open Arms, Emergency and Pallasos en Rebeldía in the work they are doing, essential to alleviating the terrible plight of the refugees. In the same vein, we back Smara Benicàssim in their work with the children in the Saharan refugee camps, along with Psicólogos Sin Fronteras and their great work with those people who have been evicted from their homes, and finally collaborate with the community projects of Cultivant Vida, the only NGO that works continuously in the Murithabé region in Gambia. Without solidarity among people, we cannot make advancements in human rights nor can we advance towards the better world that we all long for. That is why we say solidarity is essential.