Children Of Calais Deserve Our Welcome, Not Hostility

Like, for instance, an 11-year-old Afghan boy I spoke to on my last trip. He had been alone in the camp for four months. He didn’t behave like a child of his age – he was clearly untrusting and found it hard to communicate. At such a young age it was hard to tell if this was something exceptional, perhaps learning difficulties, or, as I suspect, a symptom of his experiences. What was clear was that he needed was to be kept safe: something the jungle can never offer a child.

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