This morning a memorial was held for Masud, a 15 year old Afghani boy who was living in the Calais refugee camp but died in the back of a lorry trying to reach his sister in the UK. The service was incredibly moving, and upsetting, and a reminder to us all that this situation is no longer acceptable.
There are many more unaccompanied children currently living in Calais and Dunkirk camps facing disease, danger and the freezing cold. Some of them have family in the UK and are asking to be reunited with them, a legal right they have under Dublin III regulation of EU law. No child should be forced to live in these conditions, let alone traumatised and vulnerable victims of war, persecution, poverty and terror. Today Citizens UK went to court to ask for two Syrian unaccompanied minors, who have nuclear family in the UK to be given their legal (and moral) rights, and be allowed to come to the UK to be with their family.
Please watch the video below to meet some of the children Citizens UK are fighting for.
We will bring you updates of this case as and when we can. Help Refugees wish Citizens UK all the best, and are hopeful for a positive outcome.
If you agree that refugee children should be allowed to reunite with their family in the UK, and not live in a camp in Calais/ Dunkirk please do sign and share this petition http://www.refugees-welcome.org.uk/urgent-petition/
We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.
Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!