On the 9th of July Year 9 went on a walk to Forge Dam through the Shepherds Wheel and Endcliffe to emulate the endless, unpredictable journey that refugees have to involuntarily go on with just the vague hope of freedom.
Although the students did spend a long time crouching to bring crossing a boarder to life, fortunately none of the Notre Dame pupils had to undertake the treacherous journeys from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan and other countries that are devastated by wars and prosecution.
Immigration is a word that has been negatively portrayed through society. Instead of understanding their situation, society tends to focus on the strains that the 588,000 immigrants create when we should be celebrating our increasing diverse culture.
More than 170,000 people risked their lives trying to reach Europe by sea in 2017; a long, dangerous journey that resulted in the devastating figure of over 3,000 drowned.
It is so easy to just think of these deaths as distant figures when in reality it is the death of 3,000 humans with a family, history, relationships and most of all a potential future.
In 2017 over 5,300 children arrived in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Spain and 3,800 of these children were unaccompanied minors – slightly more alarming than the one teacher per ten students on the walk!
Refugees face the uncertainty of when their next meal is, when they will next have clean drinking water and when they will next have shelter.
So what can we do to help?
Refugee Action https://www.refugee-action.org.uk/
Sheffield Volunteer Centre http://www.sheffieldvolunteercentre.org.uk/refugee-crisis-what-can-i-do
Assist Sheffield http://www.assistsheffield.org.uk/
Report writen by Emily (Y12)