You would have to have a heart of stone not to be touched by some of the tragic images of the plight of Syrian refugees in the last few weeks. Whatever your views on controlling immigration, we cannot sit back and allow these people who have been driven out of their homes by a civil war which is estimated to have killed up to half a million people. An estimated 7 million people have been displaced, and 4 million Syrians have been forced to grab whatever belongings they can carry and flee with their families.
Many of the refugees are now in the makeshift camp in Calais where there are already a number of asylum seekers who have been forced to leave countries like war torn Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sudan.
A Birmingham based charity, the Amirah Foundation are collecting goods to take down to Calais to try to assist and to prepare them for the coming winter. They are in particular need of items for men, such as warm clothing – jackets, belts, hats, shoes, boots and trainers (sizes 7-9), as well as sleeping bags and blankets, and cooking implements like pots and pans. Other items such as travel bags, rucksacks etc., toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap will also be welcome.
If you can donate some of these items You can drop them off to Hayley Albright at the Mad as a Hatter tea rooms on Abbey Road (opposite the post office), are taking collections to be passed on to the group.
Update: All donations will need to be at the Amirah Foundation by 15th September. Donations can also be left withThimblemill Library.
When does she need them by, please?
I think over the next two weeks, Andy.
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The silent majority are concerned by the propaganda being spouted by the BBC and some other media organisations with their one sided specials at prime time. Yes that picture was very sad, but 95 percent of those rushing north are single young male economic migrants stepping on the legitimate rights of the poor people who are real refugees and are left in camps at home. It is these who need our help….. Not those who shout loudest. As economic migrants, very few of these young men will want to return to their countries… Whilst the vunrable struggle. There needs to be an investigation into the BBCs very one sided news reporting.
Mike, I estimate that 99% of people using statistics in this way are probably wrong. If you can give me the source of your information that 95% of people fleeing the murderous regimes in Syria and Iraq are young male migrants, I’d be interested in seeing it.
The one point I do agree with what you say is that much, much more needs to be done to help those who are in camps in Lebanon – well over a million refugees – in Turkey which has taken in 2 million and Jordon which has over 650,000 refugees. (Figures from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees). It is difficult to know how people trying to scratch out an existence in the refugee camps there would do so for any other reason than they were under threat of death, and if they try to get out of those camps to try to make a better life for them and their families in some of the wealthiest nations on the planet, I for one fully understand why.