Sophie Dahl urges compassion for refugees in the Evening Standard

Help Refugees patron Sophie Dahl recently visited the Calais refugee camp for a second time, meeting with children and families. A few days later she wrote this piece for the Evening Standard, drawing attention to the heartache and squalor that these families experience.

From the Evening Standard

Sophie Dahl: Britain needs to be compassionate again and help Calais refugees

Rebecca is 10. Her brother Daniel is five, her little sister Lily is two-and-a-half. Their mother Sasha is a nurse. She is pregnant. Their dad is an architect. They live an hour-and-a-half away from London in a small, Seventies caravan, one room, no toilet. There are no hot water facilities where they live, and the queue for a cold shower can take up to two hours. The nearest toilet is a five-minute walk away. They share it with 500 people. Five minutes can feel very long in the dark if you’re two-and-a-half, five or 10, and with rats to encounter. The children don’t go to school. Rebecca misses it. There isn’t one where they live. There is cholera, scarlet fever, dysentery and impetigo. 

Please click here to read the rest of this very moving article.


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