David Cameron called out by actors, writers to increase help for refugee children
Mar 25, 2016 05:15 AM EDT
With the recent news on Europe and the Syrian crisis, public figures have urged the UK's Prime Minister to provide more help provided to the refugee children in Britain. They're looking forward to resettlement commitment and reunion of divided families before the UN summit.
According to The Guardian, some of the elite actors and writers in Britain have appealed to David Cameron to do more in helping the refugee children and divided families across Europe. Some of these are Academy Award Best Supporting Actor recipient, Mark Rylance, Juliet Stevenson, Andrew Garfield, Steve Coogan, Michael Palin and Jude Law.
Moreover, a letter was sent from 80 public figures from the worlds of literature, theater, music and even business indicating the same thing. The letter constitutes that though UK committed to resettle 20,000 of the most refugees by 2020, it would not be sufficient to address the crisis.
The letter said "We are seeing the reality of this human crisis played out on our TV screens week after week. Families are desperate to reach their loved ones. Traumatised children have no one to protect them. Men, women and children are putting their lives at risk to seek safety."
It was notable that David Cameron faced another defeat recently in the hands of House of Lords over proposals to give 3,000 refugee children a sanctuary, as reported by Independent. The proposal was coming from the Government's effort to set up a scheme to take refugee children from camps in the Middle East.
Moreover, due to the victory of House of Lords against the Government, there should be 3,000 unaccompanied children refugees to enter into the UK, as written by Reuters. Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs personally called into the government to remember the Kindertransport, which bought children at risk from Nazi-controlled Germany to safety. He is insisting that these children must be protected from exploitation, trafficking and abuse.
However, the Prime Minister told the House of Commons that he did not support this change and that the comparison to Kindertransport is not a fair one. The UN refugees summit is set to take place on March 30 where they'll try to secure pledges for increased admission of Syrian refugees.