The family I met in Dunkirk today
The family I met in Dunkirk today had two daughters aged five and seven, and a son who was ten. We talked about their dreams of where to settle and when the conversation of staying in France came up the dad explained their personal issues with claiming asylum here. He was an engineer, while the mother was a doctor and they were both fluent in English. He explained how difficult it would be to work in France due to the language barrier and how he felt they would assimilate into British culture more easily because of this.
Hearing how educated and full of hope this young family were really hit home as it made me realise how alike we are. This could be any of us given different circumstances and I am leaving Care4Calais with a heightened awareness of this.
The Dad joked about his son coming back with us to the UK and it made me realise how desperate these parents were for a better life and opportunities for their children. No parent would put their children into this situation if it weren’t for the extreme fear and desperation they are running from.
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