Tough day to process…

UK Action for Refugees

Tough day to process.

Desperation is a difficult thing to comprehend. Our first boat came around nine. Afghanis, we think, judging by their black life vests which we’re told are often stuffed with wood and foam… Struggling, fifteen of its occupants went overboard and trod water for some thirty minutes before the arrival of help. We stood watching, breath baited, powerless to help. Frustrated. Eventually, some volunteers with a little more bravado than us jumped in and eagerly began swimming out – eager for 50 metres or so before they clearly tired and showed signs of being too proud to turn back… You might think, ‘well at least they were doing something’,  but we’ve been seriously warned against acts of ‘baywatchness’ after an incident involving the rescue of more than refugees…

One of the boat’s occupants had given his papers to a lady, asking her to hold them. He came to…

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