I spent three days at a refugee camp. Here’s what I learned

THE STAGGERS: 15 OCTOBER 2015:  SHABANA MAHMOOD Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood, reflects on her recent visit to refugee camps in Greece.  

What am I doing here? I asked myself that question a lot during the three days that I spent on the Greek island of Lesvos last week, working with a group of Birmingham based volunteers to provide aid and assistance to refugees as they land on the shores of Europe.

I asked myself that question as I helped pull people off dangerously overfull dinghies; as I tried to block out the screams of a small child terrified by the dangerous boat journey he had just survived; as I found myself knee deep in wet clothes discarded by refugees trying to find anything that could be salvaged; and as I tried to tell a crying mum that we had run out of milk. Read more … http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2015/10/i-spent-three-days-refugee-camp-heres-what-i-learned