History will record refugees decision
Dear Sir, — Following the election, Boris Johnson re-drafted his European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and rowed back on his Government’s acceptance of an amendment from Labour peer Lord Dubs to allow child refugees to continue to be reunited with their families in the UK after Brexit day.
Lord Dubs, who tabled the amendment, was himself a child refugee on the kindertransport.
History will record how during the biggest post war refugee crisis, Boris Johnson turned Britain’s back on the most desperate children in the world. Congleton MP Fiona Bruce joined him.
They are children! Imagine being a child alone and at risk. We have always been a compassionate country and helped children during so many wars, this surely cannot be defended by anyone.
I’m shocked that Mrs Bruce and the Tories have actively stood in the way of supporting vulnerable children separated from their families. Refugees or not, families belong together.
Lord Dubs stated after the amendment was defeated: “What could be more humane than asking that unaccompanied child refugees stranded in Europe be able to join relatives in this country?”
Across Europe, children are stranded in camps such as Greece’s Moira refugee camp. Originally intended to hold 3,000 people, 19,000 now live at the Moria refugee camp — with no electricity, scant water and, for many, no shelter at all.
I was speaking to a volunteer from the camp. He said: “The camps are inhumane, unaccompanied children there are so vulnerable, and the vote blocking children joining their families is an international disgrace.”
A local charity Care UK (Refugee Aid NW) is sending a shipping container of donations to the Greek refugee camp in three weeks.
They are desperate, particularly for nappies and wipes, but need lots of things.
Donations can be dropped off directly with Care UK, or I am arranging a collection from Alsager. Please see my Jo Dale Facebook page or the Care UK Facebook page for further details. — Yours faithfully,