How in whatever world you live in is it ever ok to leave over a thousand children and young people all alone on a chemical waste site with empty containers to live in?? Then, just to make it more difficult, you turn off the drinking water and start bulldozing all around them. To add to the torture tease them with talk of buses that never arrive, or of a new start with relatives that love them, and then never follow it up. Then to rely on ordinary people, grassroots organisations to feed them and keep them as safe as they can. Then make that more difficult for those trying to help by restricting their access to the children and leave a few armed police around to guard them.
I cannot say just how angry I am feeling about this. It is a national and international disgrace.
Imagine just one of the young people you love being treated in this way. Imagine they have seen their family and friends killed, drowned in the sea, as they survived travelling for hundreds of miles, in flip flops, walking, carrying all they own. Imagine your nephew being targeted by gangs, being beaten by truncheons, falling from the top of a lorry while trying to get to you, his family, in the only way available to him. Imagine then him being left behind, on a chemical dump. Imagine that. Your sister’s son, your brother’s boy, left behind alone. How would you be with that?
You see these are not statistics, they are not faceless numbers, they are real people, with real lives and people who love them.
So, to all those people who think it is not your business, who suspect that they are not quite what they seem, who believe the racist rhetoric in the media, wake up and see what is happening in front of your eyes.
Or don’t. It is your choice. Keep believing you are making Britain great again. Keep spouting the same old stuff about job robbers and terrorists. Go on, you do that. Heaven forbid that you may actually show some compassion, you might actually want to save the children. Keep writing on your social media about checking dental records, just in case we accidentally help someone who is slightly older than eighteen years.
This month you may go off and sit in a bath of beans for the BBC, a nice safe British charity, raise money for people like, you, go on you do that, I am sure you feel great doing your bit. You know the one, marketed as ‘your BBC’, while constantly broadcasting just the one agenda. Meanwhile a few miles from blissful Britain, children are left, abandoned and you don’t care.
Why is it you don’t care I wonder? Is it because they have different skin colouring to you? Because they may chose a different God to worship than you do? Maybe it is because you think they should have stayed and fought a war they could never win, albeit one your government created and finances to this day. It must be a lovely space in your world, where you are right and there is no harm done.
I will never ever understand this. I don’t know why my MP hasn’t even replied to my email. I don’t know why we are not all out on the streets demanding action. Maybe my take on the world is the wrong one. Maybe I should content myself with supporting Children in Need while just ignoring those who actually are.