PITY alone never saved a single life.
It is not enough to look with compassion upon someone in desperate need, then cross the road and pass by on the other side, assuming others will come to assist.
Our celebration last week of the life of Sir Nicholas Winton reminded us that mere bounds of common humanity should be enough to compel us to act.
Rwanda and Srebrenica of recent memory are terrible reminders of what happens when we ignore suffering.
That is why we are acting to resettle a small number of Syrian refugee families in this area.
Julian D Roskams