Angela welcomes child refugees to UK

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Angela Rayner MP is urging her constituents in Ashton-under-Lyne to write a welcome message for child refugees who are arriving alone in the UK.

Almost 2,000 unaccompanied children have arrived in the UK this year after fleeing wars and persecution, mainly in the Middle East.

Save the Children’s campaign calls on members of the public to write a welcome message to the children, which will be printed in books which are helping them learn English and integrate properly in their new communities.

Angela wrote her own message on Tuesday and is now asking people in Ashton-under-Lyne to join the two thousand campaigners that have already taken part.

She said: "After the traumatic experiences these child refugees have been through, it’s vital they feel safe and get help and support to build a new life.

"They have been through so much already, I am really glad that we can help provide them with a safe home and a fresh start.”   

Save the Children has teamed up with Pearson, the publisher, to give child refugees a special pack of books to help them learn English. 7,000 books are being delivered in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

As winter sets in, Angela is supporting Save the Children’s call on the UK government to relocate up to 3,000 refugee children.

The brutal war in Syria has forced more than 10 million people – half the population – to flee their homes.

While most have fled to other parts of Syria or neighbouring countries, many children and their families are travelling across Europe, in search of a safe place to call home.

It is the worst humanitarian crisis since the second world war with families also fleeing conflict and persecution in Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea.

Save the Children is providing food, warm clothes and psychological care to the children, many of whom have been beaten, tortured and sexually abused during their journey.

Children that eventually make it to the UK need specialist support because they have travelled alone, without their parents.

Post your welcome message here and it will be printed into a book and given to a refugee child in the UK in time for Christmas:

www.savethechildren.org.uk/welcome-message

 


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