12 November 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News Hope and Aid Direct

MANY of your readers were present at St Margaret’s Church, Reydon, for that uplifting choral celebration of the Eucharist during which our son Charles spoke, simply and without histrionics, about the global refugee crisis and the work of Hope and Aid Direct. The collection on behalf of the charity has risen to £1,254, including Gift Aid, but perhaps even


scale of the global crisis is better understood. I have written to the Rev Alan Perry, the

Churchwardens, and

everyone who worked so hard to say a very big thank you. Meanwhile the global refugee crisis gets ever worse. As I write

this, events on

the Syrian/Turkish border have added another 100,000 homeless/refugees to the problem, some agencies say

importantly, the

more! The tit-for-tat goes on: Trump threatens sanctions against Turkey which responds by threatening to allow 3.4 million refugees to enter Europe. This is about fellow human beings, who are being treated like pawns in a giant game of chess! To turn to the crisis in the Greek islands; the UN High Commissioner for Refugees states that new arrivals in September totalled 10,258, that is 342 every day, and the islands now host 30,000 asylum seekers! The notorious

Moria centre on

Lesvos now houses 12,600 people, five times its capacity. Tensions remain high and a recent fire in a container being used

to house people,

the Moria reception centre on Lesvos. On the island of Samos the reception

Vathy centre now lead

to the death of a woman and violent clashes with the police. The photograph shows rows of tents huddled together outside

houses 5,500, eight times its capacity! Most sleep in tents with little access to latrines, clean water or medical care. On the tiny island of Chios 3,000 are confined in a space intended for 700. As the UNHCR says, ‘keeping people on the islands in these inadequate and insecure conditions is inhumane, and must come to an end!’ The global situation worsens daily with continuing riots in Hong Kong, Cairo, Libya and Tunisia, Ecuador, Brazil and Venezuela as growing numbers see no hope for the future, and corrupt Presidents think only of me, me, me! Nearer to home 1,456 ‘illegal’ migrants arrived across the English Channel and one Iranian woman was lost


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overboard, during September. We have returned more than 90 to France. Against this background the

work of H and AD becomes ever more urgent and important. Accordingly, before the convoy departs, and in co-operation with charities in Reading and Cambridge, the 40 ton truck will take a load of much needed aid to refugees living in squalor near

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planned to depart on Sunday 27th October: so at least the trucks will enter the EU whilst we are still a member state! Many generous donations in kind have been received, some from companies in Germany, so an additional 7.5 ton truck has been hired, at a cost of £1,800, and the convoy will comprise the 40 ton articulated truck, and 3 x 7.5 tonners. Donations include 160 x 8-man tents, 1,000 camping mats, 4 palettes of pasta, and 28,000 new sets of men’s underwear; the latter from a company in Germany and they will be collected ‘en route’, plus your lovely gifts of warm clothing, bedding and blankets, many hand knitted. Thank you.

Margaret and Jack Storer

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