Meet Sami, who risked his life to save friends

Meet Sami, who risked his life to save friends

This is our friend Sami. This week Sami attempted to get to the UK but, because he can’t afford to pay people-smugglers, he got in an inflatable kayak with three friends and rowed for twelve hours through the night.

When the sun started to come up the kayak had taken on so much water they realised they wouldn’t make it. If something didn’t happen it was going to sink. As one of them was a minor, Sami decided to jump off the kayak to save his friends. With reduced weight the kayak made it to the UK and the three remaining passengers are safe.

Thankfully a French boat picked Sami up and brought him back to France. When I asked him how he could have done such a crazy thing as to jump off in the middle of the Channel, he told me: “We died in our countries, we died in Libya, now we get to the UK or we die. At least I know my young friend is safe.”

We love Sami. We don’t think we need the navy to protect us from people like him.

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