19 January 2016
I have sent the following letter to Mr Daniels at the Foreign Office - I wrote to him last week, he has not replied. I don’t think he realises, along with many other people who have their heads in the sand, that this problem is URGENT! & its NOT going away anytime soon!
Dear Mr. Daniels
On the 8th January I wrote to you replying to the response you gave me from a letter I wrote to David Cameron.
While I have been waiting for a response from you I have been busy, very busy, working away trying to make my little hoarse voice heard about the situation in Calais and Dunkirk specifically, but the wider problem of Europe too and the tragic results that this horrendous crisis is producing daily.
2 nights ago a baby died in Mora Lesvos, of the cold!
For those of us who have been working to assist people in dire trouble, it is somewhat galling to realise the governments appear not to be listening to the voices that have been gathering volume on the wind of tear gas coming from Northern France!
I alluded to the danger of the worsening weather in my letter to you, and now just a week later the temperature has dipped to below freezing and last night it was minus 4 degrees in the camp in Calais. I hear of a mother who cried all the night thinking that her children would freeze to death.
“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.” ― Andrew Boyd,
I know if my children were 5 and 3 I would not want them outside in -4% for longer than a minute – imagine in a tent or caravan that afford precious little protection when the temperature dips below freezing – when things inside the caravan/tent freeze too!
There are numerous children on this camp that should not be there!
The water for the precious kitchen we built, was frozen this morning – the wonderful couple running that are helping to keep people alive by feeding them as best they can, and in this dreadful weather hot food is ESSENTIAL. They should NOT have to be there, giving this service – but they are selflessly helping people that you should be taking responsibility for.
How long before someone dies in the camp of hypothermia?
In my estimation not long at all.
And then we will all have blood on our hands.
Can you imagine that Mr. Daniels? Can you?
But the Governments who stand by with their hands in their pockets will be the biggest culprits – and yes that is you, as part of the English Government and the French Departments too.
Yvette Cooper MP said herself “this is not too large a problem to deal with” and she has actually been to the camp and seen the conditions for herself, albeit several weeks ago.
What on earth is stopping the government taking all the women and children out of that hellhole and giving them a place in the warm – and then affording them their basic human rights which up to now they have been denied? this would be so simple and would be absolutely the right thing to do – there are many families in the UK who would dearly like to help.
Leaving them there MUST be contravening every Human right possible and will leave the Government open to major and justified criticism - this will surely go down in History as a serious catastrophe and one that COULD have been avoided!
I implore you to save the people now, some of whom will otherwise freeze to death on our doorstep.
I will finish with a quote from the MSF Director – you can ignore me for sure but …….can you ignore her?
"To leave people to freeze in the mud as a deterrent to others thinking of making the same journey is unacceptable; it is also inhumane." - Vickie Hawkins, MSF UK Executive Director
thank you Jamalulail Ismail for the ice photo!