This is what Christmas looks like in the Jungle.
I haven’t spoken to you guys much about the fact that it’s Christmas.
Theres a couple of reasons. Firstly, I haven’t been able to look even an hour ahead of where I am and what I’m doing right in this moment (too much going on in my brain). Secondly it hurts my heart to think about a time of family, food, comfort, joy, happiness and celebration, knowing that all of these things are so unobtainable for the refugees I’ve got to know and love.
I just feel like it’s going to rub it in even more, make people feel even more lonely and sad, the fact that they are spending Christmas, and seeing in the New Year, in a refugee camp in freezing cold Northern France, with no hope of leaving it any time soon.
Two members of our team are out in Lesvos for the Christmas and New Year period, until the 8th of Jan, to hopefully bring some Christmas love and attention to the families arriving in Europe on boats, to safety, to a new start. We’ll keep you updated.
In the meantime, if, like me, Christmas feels a little strange when we’re in the midst of this huge crisis, sack off sending Christmas cards, maybe sacrifice one present or just give one present extra by donating something to someone who can’t spend the day with their family, or doesn’t have a safe home to go to.