LETTER: 'We must act to help refugees'

PUBLISHED: 16:22 11 September 2015

Migrants walk next to a road as they try to access train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel, in Calais. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Migrants walk next to a road as they try to access train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel, in Calais. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Archant

I am appalled at the images of suffering refugees fleeing the war-torn regions of our world. We here in the UK are so fortunate.

I am also appalled by the lack of compassion shown by our politicians, although I understand that the public attitude towards immigration in general may have hardened their hearts to the plight of their fellow humans.

However, I believe a clear distinction can be made between economic migrants and refugees - which should be able to counter the prevailing fears about immigration.

I would beg our political leaders to “do the right thing” (as Mr Cameron so frequently says we should do) and act to help alleviate the suffering that is taking place on such a tragic scale.

I for one will be ashamed to be a citizen of the UK if we do not act to help these people.

ANN BLYTHE

Waterside

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