During a visit to the camps earlier this year, I saw for myself the human reality of this situation. We do not underestimate the complexities of the current situation and recognise there are no easy answers. But there is surely a moral obligation upon all of us to ensure that innocent children do not become the victims of our inactivity, or are indeed denied the rights to protection that international law affords them.
Like many other UK institutions, our churches recognise that we have a legal responsibility to protect and safeguard vulnerable children – this cannot simply stop at our political borders. Our Christian faith places a high emphasis on the care and wellbeing of children; I believe that we cannot stand by as a nation or as Christian citizens within it, and do nothing.