Many have been rightly critical of the emergency response arrangements made by the Government and Kensington Council in the days after the Grenfell Tower disaster. There are many victims who are reportedly still unclear about their accommodation situation. This is particularly shocking given that the borough that they live in is one of the wealthiest in the UK, with many empty homes which are owned as investments by wealthy investors. We are a wealthy nation – and we do have the financial resources available to accommodate not just those in need in the UK, but take our fair share of those fleeing in search of shelter throughout the world.
Continuing to offer sanctuary to those fleeing conflict and disaster is one way in which we can challenge the ideology of fear and terror. Rather than letting ourselves become fearful, we can choose to welcome those who are still in need of our help. Over the coming parliament, MPs will debate ways in which to reduce immigration to the UK – as Christians, we need to be vocal in highlighting the needs of vulnerable displaced persons, who like all of us, wish to live in a country without fear of violence and disaster.
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