Plight of Syrian refugees discussed at Lichfield Cathedral meeting

More than a hundred people have heard about the plight of refugees heading into Europe.

A Syrian refugee camp. Pic: Cmacauley

A Syrian refugee camp. Pic: Cmacauley

A meeting at Lichfield Cathedral to discuss the city’s response to the crisis took place last night (September 16).

The Very Revd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, delivered a statement from his son John, who works for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles.

He said: “I thought the desperation was all-too-clear when the column of refugees, blocked from taking trains to leave Hungary, decided to try and march to Vienna.

“There were people on crutches, old women, young children, and people in wheelchairs.”

People were also advised that supporting charities such as the St Chad Sanctuary in Birmingham, Refugee Action, British Red Cross and Christian Aid, would enable them to support the refugees.

Phil Davis from independent charity Refugee Action explained that a long term solution needed to be found.

“Returning the refugees to Syria is not an option, as the country is neither safe nor liveable,” he said. “Local integration would be the next preferable option, however countries near Syria are struggling to find the space to accommodate those fleeing from their homes. The final option is resettlement.

“We need to tell our local MPs and David Cameron that we can do more. Accepting 20,000 refugees over five years is a great start, but there’s more we can do.”

Lichfield District Council has revealed that it is already examining ways it can support refugees coming to Britain, while the meeting also heard that the Cathedral leaders would provide a home for a family should they be moved to Lichfield.

The Dean of Lichfield explained: “We will gladly help by any means available to us.

“If every church in Europe could offer a home, just imagine the good we could do. Pope Francis has urged every Catholic parish in Europe to provide a home for a refugee family. He has given the whole Church an exemplary lead on this crisis, and we should follow him.”

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1 Comment

  1. Rob

    17th September, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Was it discussed how violent they become when their law-breaking is opposed by the authorities?