ONE of the kindest, most compassionate women I ever met warned against the very act of charity which Britain began to enact this week when it admitted the first fourteen of a planned 387 unaccompanied refugee children into our country.
The late, great and very much missed agony aunt Denise Robertson warned against lonely child refugees being encouraged to swamp European countries, only to disappear in their tens of thousands into the arms of child traffickers and a life of drugs and prostitution.
Her fear was that the very children we were trying to help might be damaged in the process; any danger to our own society would have been the last thing on her mind.
But was she correct? Will her very real fears prove correct? Read what she wrote in June, HERE on the website she helped found shortly before her death. It is a passionate and committed argument meant to do good, not spread prejudice.
When she died I paid tribute to a wonderful woman and we carry her wise but, tragically few words on these pages to this day. Privately, despite the plethora of facts she gathered and shared, I disagreed with my friend. But will she be proved correct.
Is admitting unaccompanied refugee children to this country – an act reminiscent of the World War 2 ‘kindertransport’ which saved so many Jewish children – the action of a loving and compassionate nation or an act of folly which puts juveniles into greater danger than the horror from which they fled?
Then add your thoughts below: was Denise Right or Wrong?