Our Deanery Youth group supports Safe Passage UK
Our Deanery Youth group HELP (Help Emigrants Live peacefully) chose Safe Passage as their charity.
In the following article, Luc Herriard explains why.
Safe Passage provides help to unaccompanied child refugees and vulnerable adults in Europe to find safe, legal routes to the UK. They started their programme in Calais, and have now expanded into Greece and are currently launching in Italy. Safe passage also support the refugees in their transition to a new life.
Safe Passage is a project of Citizens UK, the national home of community organising – a network of over 350 faith groups, schools and colleges that work together for the common good.
This is Adnan's story, a 14 year old Syrian refugee at the time, who survived the journey from Syria to Calais. From which Safe Passage helped him get to his brother in England:
“I knew the situation in the Calais camp was really terrible, but I was desperate to join my brother in the UK and that was the only way I could get to him. My Aunt’s husband was with me to begin with, but he couldn’t deal with the dreadful conditions in the camp and so he went to another European country, and I was left alone for three more months.” “It was really
tough as I could speak only a few words of English and no French which made life even more difficult in the camp as I could not communicate with anyone.
It rained a lot when I arrived and I really suffered. I was staying in a tent dripping with water with no heating. Sometimes I
slept in the street. I felt very humiliated having no shelter and with the police being violent to us. All I wanted to do was to leave.
Luckily I was in contact with my brother by phone while I was in the jungle and he told me about an organisation helping children stuck in Calais with relatives in the UK. I asked another Syrian and he took me to register my name. Safe Passage UK got me out of Calais just one month later. I can’t describe how I felt when I first saw my brother again, after two years. At that moment I felt hugely thankful to Safe Passage UK and everyone who had helped me. I started school a month ago here in Manchester and have started to learn English. The main reason I am enjoying it is because the teachers and other students here treat me with so much kindness. I want to tell the children still in Calais that there is a safe way to come to the UK. Don’t be scared of getting in touch with people who can help or having your fingerprints taken. It is better than risking your life getting here by jumping on a lorry. Trust the people from Safe Passage, because they want to help you.”
Please help us help the children of the refugees!
- donate either via bank transfer through our Deanery Donate page (please inform the web-admins if you do)
- or at our JustGiving page