A Letter to Europe was written by Hossein, an Iranian refugee in his early 30’s, during his time in the Calais ‘Jungle’. Originally written in Farsi, it was a heartfelt outpouring from a man who simply couldn’t understand how the population of Europe were unaware of the abysmal conditions and human rights abuses happening on their doorstep. He hoped that if they knew, they wouldn’t just stand by.
The original letter
Dear People of Europe,
Children, women, fathers and brothers just want to live.
Now they are fleeing from their home and countries, you call them refugees. They are humiliated in Europe.
Children, instead of drawing sweet childhood memories, are drawing the cold of winter, lack of water and food, disease and standing in the camp’s long queues.
This will put the history of the 21st Century to shame.
In the centre of Europe, cities with the population of 7-8 thousand people have been created for refugees with cold nights and dangerous, lawless and hopeless tiring, hungry days.
Death is just a step away from refugees.
Sometimes food is brought in via charities and people with hearts of gold but unfortunately it is not enough. Sleeping in tents while shivering from cold and nightmares of homes on fire and death. Fear of radical extremists and fights and tear gas thrown by the police into the camps locations and tents.
Dear Kind people of Europe and the UK,
I don’t believe that in the heart of Europe, centre of technology and civilisation, you don’t know that such a place exists.
History will judge all of us according to our actions. This will stain the heart of history and humanity and it can never be removed.
Dear people of UK and France,
Please open the doors to us refugees and save us.
We are not terrorists. We are not soldiers. We are not politicians.
We are just ordinary people in pursuit of our peaceful life.
I only want to live. Death is following me like my shadow in this hellish Jungle of hopes.
Please open your hearts and borders to us and End the War.