The Christmas Channel crossings show how cruelly Britain treats refugees | Ben Smoke

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We have a duty to help desperate migrants, not vilify them. A fairer system must be put in place, and quick

• Ben Smoke is a journalist and a Stansted 15 activist

On Christmas Day 2015, Abdullah Kurdi delivered Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Message. He was sat in his home, choking back tears and looking directly down the lens of the camera, pleading with the people of Britain to show humanity.

“At this time of year, I would ask you all to think about the pain of fathers, mothers and children who are seeking peace and security. We ask just for a little sympathy from you. I wish you a very happy new year, hopefully next year the war in Syria will be over and peace will reign across the Earth.”

That some of those who reached Britain on Christmas day are Iraqi and Afghani is no accident

Related: Asylum seekers need the right to work – and this time of year shows why | John Sentamu

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