Bootham School is working with Oxfam’s Seen and Heard project to ensure that the plight of Syrian children is both seen and heard by decision-makers.
Liz Brown, Head of Geography explained:
Bootham is designated as Oxfam’s ‘World Shaper’ school for the north of England and the students here are keenly aware of the human tragedy unfolding in Syria – hence our active support for this campaign. We are collecting as many postcard messages of support and solidarity for Syrian refugee children as we can, to pass on to our local MP, Hugh Bayley, who has agreed to visit the school to receive them in person.
The campaign aims at multiplying the message through schools across the country.
Hugh Bayley is supporting the initiative and said:
I have visited Syrian refugee camps on the borders with Jordan and Turkey. They provide an immediate place of safety, but are not sufficient to accommodate people on a long term basis. I met people who had been living in tents through last winter and are now having to endure a second winter under canvas, cooking on camping stoves and struggling to keep their children healthy and in school. There is no end of the war in sight and so the refugees face the daunting prospect of spending what could be years in these conditions. Simply paying for refugees to be held in camps like these for years to come is not an adequate response. All countries need to play their part, and I am pleased that some of the most vulnerable refugees will be provided with sanctuary in the UK – those too vulnerable to survive in the camps, such as abandoned children, victims of torture, women who have been abused and those who need medical help. It is vital too that a political solution is found to bring the war in Syria to an end.