Editorial: This is the right place for refugees
So now we know.
For weeks people have speculated on where the first Syrian refugees heading to South Lanarkshire would be placed.
The answer is Rutherglen, and we as a town should feel a certain pride.
Yes, there would have been more“practical”reasons as to why they have been brought to the Burgh.
But we should not forget the importance of choosing a welcoming and strong community as a place where the Syrians will feel safe.
The people of Rutherglen have been trusted to take on this, somewhat sombre, undertaking. It’s not every town that would open its arms to those fleeing unimaginable danger and horror.
Of course, not everyone will be happy. The world right now is a dangerous place, and fear is a natural reaction. Fear of the unknown is sometimes the strongest of all.
But let us be clear. These families are just ordinary people who found themselves thrust into an extraordinary situation. All they want is to better their lives, for them and their families.
That’s something I’m sure most people can relate too, and no amount of horribly inaccurate Facebook memes should persuade you otherwise.
Syria is one of the most ancient civilisations in the world. They are a proud people, and those we now have living amongst us will be the same.
Treat them as you would any neighbour, and let’s make sure the decision to bring them to Rutherglen was the right one.