Wednesday, 5 August 2015

No Easy Answers

The idea of little boys the age of Louis endangering their lives trying to get from Britain to Calais distresses me. Twelve year olds should not have the burden of finding a safe place to live and be hanging off trains or lorries in an attempt to do this.  Kids, universally need to play, study and be nurtured in a secure environment to thrive and make meaningful choices.  What these little ones have gone through beggars belief.

It's one of those situations where I feel helpless. There are no easy solutions to this global crisis.  The world cannot be transformed overnight into a fuzzy warm place where people don't feel the need to flee from the poverty or cruelty in their own countries.  And so the impact of migration has wide ranging consequences for others beyond those trying to flee.  The accounts, for example, of holidaymakers who have experienced refugees trying to jump onto their cars at the ferry ports sound terrifying.  It's not the way I'd like to end a relaxing break in France. And I feel for those where the crisis is having a devastating effect on their businesses.  We all have to earn a crust.

I found Monday's 'Thought for the Day'  by Bishop James Jones on Radio 4's Today programme thought provoking.  It takes a well balanced compassionate stance.  I was particularly struck by the quote from the fourth century philosopher, Lactanius.  It's a good fit with my own personal philosophy and what I strive for with the people with mental health problems who I encounter in my working life.

The whole point of justice consists precisely in our providing for others through humanity what we provide for our own family with affection.

It seems a good blueprint although not one that can be enacted universally with ease.  


  1. I heard that a place of safety order has been issued for over 600 under 18's so far this year (or maybe it was last). Children who have made it over here but are alone. Maybe you could help with these.

  2. There was a piece on the news last week about the plight of minors who have made it here, who are placed with families, educated, make friends, and once they are 18 they are sent back to the hell they escaped from. Where is the sense,or humanity, in that?

  3. Those 12 year olds are perfectly safe here in France. Someone must be misguidedly telling them that El Dorado awaits them north of La Manche. Horrendous situation.