Symbols of the refugees’ plight

December 23 2015

ARM bands and life vests were tied to lampposts in Gloucester Road last month, in a bid to raise awareness about the plight of refugees.

ARM bands and life vests were tied to lampposts in Gloucester Road last month, in a bid to raise awareness about the plight of refugees.
 
Set up by a group of local women, the campaign used the inflatables – with the hashtags #safepassage #dontletthemfreeze and #refugeeswelcome – to symbolise the tragedies occuring daily by people seeking refuge.
 
The campaigners said that they were “shocked and appalled” by the events taking place across Europe, and were “disappointed” by the government’s lack of responsible action.
 
A spokesperson from the group said: “This campaign is about raising and keeping awareness ignited for the plight of destitute refugees and to put pressure on the government, local MPs and European ministers to do more to aid safe passage across our seas and create sanctuary on dry land.
 
“The Mediterranean has seen a massive surge of refugees crossing its waters, risking their lives to flea war in their homeland.
 
“Refugees, many of them young children, have been drowning in their thousands whilst attempting this risky passage in flimsy overfilled boats run by smuggling networks.
 
“Those who have reached land safely are now living without adequate shelter, food or clothing and are being blocked at European borders.
 
“Temperatures are dropping and the risk of illness and death is increasing daily.”
 
Campaigners encouraged the general public to take photos of the inflatables and display them on social media to show their support and lobby the government.

Safepassage campaign, Gloucester Road