We have seen a most incredible overturn in public opinion towards the work we have been doing in Calais over the last couple of months.
At first, we found ourselves at the forefront of a wave of compassion sweeping the nation, after months and months of negativity towards the refugee crisis. People were ready to hear a different, more positive perspective, a human narrative. But still, people were scared, nervous and affected by why they had been reading.
And then…a few weeks later…that picture. That horrible picture that changed everything. People suddenly understood the sheer desperation, the lack of any other option. It IS hard to understand that war and persecution are still happening, now, in 2015, and it IS hard to face up to the fact that not everyone has the opportunities and life that we have…but that is the case. The inequality of it is massive.
This is a painting of that picture by one of the guys in the refugee camp in Calais.
History is being made right now.
How do you want to look back on this time? How do you want to tell this story to your kids, and their kids? Let’s learn from history, not repeat it. Let’s be the change.