lily allen urges britain to do more for refugees
"I apologise on behalf of my country, for what we've put you through," Allen told a 13-year-old refugee from Afghanistan while visiting a camp just 160 kilometres from her recording studio.
The night before last, the BBC aired a moving program in which Lily Allen visited a refugee camp that's home to roughly 10,000 migrants from Afghanistan and Syria, a mere 160 kilometres from her recording studio. She'd never visited a camp before, and the experience quickly brought the singer to tears. "I hope my visit will shine a light on the situation, humanise the people that are there," Lily explained before the visit.
"At the moment," the singer said "what I read is all these articles that are very dehumanising, about people, and about children." The number of children staying in the camp without parents or guardians worries her: "I'm a mother and I've got two little girls. If something happened in this country and they were displaced and had to run for it, I hope other parts of the world were a little bit more helpful."
She spoke to a 13-year-old boy from Afghanistan, who left the country because of threats from the Taliban. Lily told him, "At three points in your life [the UK] has put you in danger. We bombed your country, put you in the hands of the Taliban, and now put you in danger of risking your life to get into our country." It was then she began to cry saying, "I apologise on behalf of my country, for what we've put you through."
"I know I wouldn't want to end up here. I certainly wouldn't want my children to end up here," the artist concludes, urging the UK to honour their "responsibility to help those who are suffering."
Sadly, some viewers weren't happy that Lily had offered the young boy an apology, claiming she had no right to say sorry on behalf on an entire nation. The frustrated singer took to Twitter, addressing the hateful comments in a string of messages. "I don't need your permission to say sorry to a 13 year old boy for the devastating impact our country has had on his life. You weren't there," she wrote, continuing "It was compassion and basic manners. Stop being so hateful."
Text Isabelle Hellyer
Photography Matteo Montanari
Styling Max Clark