Tell the UK Government to provide sanctuary for vulnerable refugee children

Father and son in Moria Camp, Lesvos

© Anna Pantelia/MSF

© Anna Pantelia/MSF

Moria fires update: On Tuesday 8 September a huge fire destroyed the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Around 12,000 people, including large numbers of children, are now on the streets. MSF’s Marco Sandrone described the scene:

"We saw the fire spread across Moria and rage all night long. The whole place was engulfed in flames, we saw an exodus of people from a burning hell with no direction. Children scared and parents in shock. We are working now to address their needs."
Marco Sandrone, MSF Field Coordinator

Despite the UK government’s assurances that protecting vulnerable children remains a priority, so far, it has not taken in any children caught up in the fire, while France and Germany have taken hundreds each.

It is now even more urgent that the UK Government acts to help unaccompanied children trapped on the Greek islands. Please read on to find out how you can support.

In MSF's paediatric clinic on the Greek island of Lesvos, our medical teams treat children with complex medical conditions. Some are life-threatening, such as asthma, epilepsy and injuries sustained from war.

Our mental health specialists regularly see children – some younger than six years old – suffering from depression and anxiety, and others who are self-harming or attempting suicide.

These children are trapped in squalid, unhygienic camps which are now even more dangerous due to the threat of COVID-19. They desperately need to get to a place of safety.  

But now, the British Government is cutting off crucial routes that allow these children and others in Europe to find sanctuary in the UK.

We need your help to ensure those routes remain open. 

The conditions in camps like 'Olive Grove' on Lesvos are abysmal. © Anna Pantelia/MSF

MSF regularly conducts vaccination campaigns for migrant children on Lesvos island. © Anna Pantelia/MSF

We are asking for provisions to help unaccompanied children to be included in the Immigration Bill, which is currently going through Parliament.

On October 5 the House of Lords voted in support of an amendment which gives refugee children a lifeline in the UK - a measure which the Government has so far opposed.

Now is the time for the government to show some humanity, assume their responsibilities and accept this amendment - we need your help to ensure that they do.

Please write to your MP to support these calls, and help give us the best chance of success.

Child playing In Moria Camp, Lesvos

The conditions in camps like 'Olive Grove' on Lesvos are abysmal. © Anna Pantelia/MSF

The conditions in camps like 'Olive Grove' on Lesvos are abysmal. © Anna Pantelia/MSF

Vaccination campaign in Moria Camp, Lesvos

MSF regularly conducts vaccination campaigns for migrant children on Lesvos island. © Anna Pantelia/MSF

MSF regularly conducts vaccination campaigns for migrant children on Lesvos island. © Anna Pantelia/MSF

Email your MP and make a difference now

1) First, join the campaign

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2) Next, message your MP

By writing to your MP, you can demonstrate that there is strong public demand to provide sanctuary to these children.

Type your postcode below, select your MP from the list and ask your MP to:

  • Vote in favour of accepting Lords Amendment 4 on family unity and unaccompanied children when it returns to the Commons.
  • Support measures to help vulnerable, unaccompanied children who are trapped on the Greek islands.
  • Ask the Government to act now to protect safe routes to the UK for unaccompanied children from within Europe, as well as globally.

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