On Saturday's Today programme, George Osborne used the term ‘Syrian migrants’ to describe those fleeing the current conflict. Just a month before, David Cameron called those having to endure terrible conditions in the camps at Calais, ‘a bunch of migrants’. Many of them, including children, had risked their lives crossing the Mediterrean. Last summer, talking about French border control, our Prime Minister referred to a “swarm of people”, effectively dehumanising all those in the camps and suggesting that those seeking a safe haven on these shores are akin to an infestation of insects. For those politicians using such rhetoric what does one have to suffer to earn the title ‘refugee’? What horrors must one experience to deserve their compassion?
I realise A Country of Refuge is needed more than ever to challenge the awful, inflammatory language surrounding asylum seekers and refugees. I am delighted to announce that we will launch the anthology on Friday 10 June at the National Theatre as part of its Platform Series.
We will hold a series of readings in the Dorfman Theatre from 6pm to 6.45pm. All are welcome. The link to book tickets is here:
I do hope to meet all those who have supported the book. Thanks again.
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