It hit home, he was the same age as my son
“My son, Lucas surprised me with an unexpected gift this year, he told me we would be travelling from our home in Landau, Germany to volunteer, helping refugees in Northern France.
He had seen some news articles about the refugee crisis, but neither of us knew much about what was happening. We packed up the camper van and headed off on the 9 hour drive to Calais.
While volunteering for Care4Calais we distributed essential items like toiletries and on one visit to Dunkirk I got talking to a young man from Afghanistan.
He told me that he was 21 years old and living in the refugee camp near to where we were distributing. It really hit home, he was the same age as my son Lucas.
My son is currently studying at university, excited about a career in User Experience or Design, this man was living in a refugee camp, millions of miles from family, hopeful to just receive the most basic living essentials like water, shelter and a warm coat for winter.
He told me how he had left Afghanistan fearing for his safety and travelled through Asia and Europe, all he wanted was to find a safe country, that would allow him to stay.” -Rolf, a Care4Calais volunteer
We often hear negative stories about young men leaving their homes and travelling to Europe, but they are looking for safety, the same as anyone else. Their age and gender should not be a factor in whether they have the right to basic living conditions. If it was your son, brother, friend, would you want to help?