The government must do more to protect refugees this World Humanitarian Day

Waltham Forest residents Olivier Enfrun, Juan Carlos Madrid Caballero, and Laura Painehave, are calling for more action to help refugees

Refugee child

A Syrian refugee girl cries as she walks through a rainstorm towards Greece’s border with Macedonia

We write to encourage readers of Waltham Forest Echo to mark World Humanitarian Day on 19th August by asking ourselves how might we all contribute to a more humane Britain.

The United Nations created World Humanitarian Day to celebrate the ordinary heroes around the world working to save lives and alleviate suffering when disaster or conflict strikes.

Yet even here in London, we can contribute to the humanitarian cause.

Right now, the UK government is making decisions on how many places of sanctuary to offer to refugees from Syria and elsewhere. You often hear it said that ‘charity begins at home’ and one small thing we can all do is to tell our government that we stand for a country based on compassion, inclusion and treating people with humanity, wherever they’re from.

Please visit to sign a petition calling on our government to do more to protect refugees, here and across the world. And please ask your friends and family to do the same. In the relative comfort of London it is the least we can do.