Body Bags on Portobello Beach

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About 15 singers joined Amnesty cam­paign­ers as they launched the “Don’t Let Them Drown” cam­paign on Sun­day 26th April.

Vol­un­teers zipped them­selves into body bags on Por­to­bel­lo beach to high­light “the UK’s shame­ful response to the rapid­ly esca­lat­ing migrant cri­sis in the Mediter­ranean”.

This was a very mov­ing occa­sion — a stark reminder of the ter­ri­ble cir­cum­stances of the dis­place­ment of many fel­low cit­i­zens of the world. The bit­ing wind on the beach that day was as noth­ing com­pared to the phys­i­cal and emo­tion­al chal­lenges these peo­ple face.

We sang fresh­ly writ­ten words to ‘Deep Blue Sea’; the ‘Human Rights’ round; ‘Think of Me’; ‘What is Peace to you?’ and — most poignant­ly — ‘Comin’ Home’.

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