By Tim Farron
The island of Lesvos, tucked away in a corner of the Aegean Sea, has become the epicentre of the European refugee crisis.
You don’t even need to land on the island to see the evidence of the 300,000 refugees who have come to shore since January. Looking down as you land at the airport, the entire coastline is fringed with an orange and black lip of deflated dinghies and low quality life jackets.
When I arrived I met with Alessandra Morelli, UNHCR Senior Operations Coordinator for Greece. She spoke frankly about the challenges the refugees are facing, and we discussed what the UK could do to help. Because, let’s face it, we aren’t doing enough.
It was the first conversation of many with NGOs and volunteers in which I felt ashamed over our government’s deliberate inaction.
I headed straight for the north coast of Lesvos, the closest point of the island to Turkey, where the majority of boats land. During the drive we passed hundreds of families making the 70km walk from theRead More »from Ignore the right-wing press - refugees are fleeing for their lives