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Desperate mother and child rescued by Royal Navy

August 3, 2015

This illustration from my experiences on HMS Bulwark shows a Royal Navy Officer handing a young mother a bottle of formula milk just prior to disembarkation in Italy. This woman was just one of many, who desperately risked everything to escape the situation in Libya and Africa, that were lucky enough to be picked up by the Royal Navy at the end of June.

David Cameron recently described these people as a swarm. I can understand how someone fortunate enough to be born to wealthy parents in a wealthy nation and not having wanted for anything his entire life would find it difficult to comprehend the lives of such people. However to purposefully de-humanise people who, through no fault of their own, find the situations in their country of origin so intollerable that they risk their lives, and those of their children, in an attempt to find a safe haven, simply to appease the misguided masses is disgraceful. One wonders if the Prime Minister would describe the 3.8 million Jewish people* who have migrated from Eastern Europe since 1919 as a ‘swarm’ and what kind of international response there would have been if he had?

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*Source: http://www.yivoencyclopedia.org/article.aspx/Population_and_Migration/Migration_since_World_War_I

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Hannele permalink
    August 3, 2015 9:02 pm

    Amazing sketches of an exceedingly difficult situation

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