A South Tyneside businessman who will help deliver vital aid to refugees in France later this week claims the Government’s response to the crisis has been “totally inadequate”.
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the UK will accept up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.
He has also appointed Richard Harrington as minister for Syrian refugees, to ensure the arrivals are given a “warm welcome” in the UK.
However, borough businessman and community activist Shah Lalon Amin says that is not nearly enough.
He believes the response from the public in South Tyneside and across the region to an appeal for aid “puts our Government to shame”.
On Saturday about one thousand volunteers gathered to get donations packed and ready for transport at collection points all over the North East, including the Azhar Mosque at Laygate, South Shields,
David Cameron’s government has shamed usShah Lalon Amin
Mr Amin and supporters will begin a journey on Friday to deliver food and other supplies in seven vans, to a refugee camp known as “The Jungle” in Calais. He said: “We have been in touch with the authorities in Calais over how much aid we can take across.
“It’s a makeshift camp and storage facilities are limited, so the delivery of aid will need to be staggered.
“The response from the North East public has been phenomenal and it puts our own Government’s response to shame, particularly when you see how Germany and Sweden have responded.
“Our country has also been known for its compassion in situations such as this, but the response from David Cameron’s Government has shamed us.”