O’s Blog

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Refugee Week: Imagine where we can go from here...

21st JUNE 2020: Refugee Week has been surreal, hectic, wonderful, exhausting, and hope-affirming. Imagining a world without war, without hard borders, without inhumanities are imaginings shared by so many of us. But it's not over yet. Because every week is refugee week. Which means every day, we get one step closer to making our imaginings come true. Come and be a part of it.

Breaking through: our enforced silence

16th APRIL 2020: These past three weeks have been some of the hardest we have faced. Forcing ourselves to stay silent as we tried to reconfigure a new world where we could not get aid through to either our refugees and brave frontline teams on the ground, has felt at times, like a nightmare from which we are only now just beginning to emerge.

For love nor money: the true cost of panic-buying

22nd March 2020: This past week, I have abandoned my work deadlines, my family, my friends, and even my stomach, in the hopes of finding some way out of the space between a rock and a hard place. A space created by panic-buyers causing all major suppliers and local stores to shut down major supplies...

The Coronavirus: what it means for our teams

15TH MARCH 2020: To date, not a single mainstream news channel has highlighted what the coronavirus pandemic might mean for not just the world's refugees, but the frontline volunteers who will be risking their own lives to keep people safe...

Sleepless Nights

19TH FEBRUARY 2020, LONDON: It's 3am, and no matter what I do, I cannot get to sleep. Having fallen asleep ridiculously early, I have suddenly awoken to my news feeds lighting up with the words 'Idlib', 'exodus' and 'hell'. With a heavy heart, I tapped open a story, and immediately felt a sting in my eyes...

A Silent Mission

30TH DECEMBER 2019, DUNKIRK: Barely a week after our last convoy, it was time to head back out again to deliver some desperately needed essentials. But with time short and the needs urgent, it was essential to (as my mum calls it), 'go 007'. Although I doubt 007 would ever had hot water urns and Sudocrem in the boot of his car...

A Tap on the Window...

22ND DECEMBER 2019, CALAIS/DUNKIRK: It's rare that I encounter direct racism when completing an aid convoy. In this instance however, just when one human being had gone out of her way to make me feel small, another tapped on my window to remind me in an instant, that most human beings are quite spectacularly wonderful...