The teenager was a bright light in my life, and had faced awful trauma. But instead of offering sanctuary, the UK let him down

Two summers ago I was volunteering in the migrant and refugee camp in Calais when I met an Eritrean boy called Alex Tekle. He was 16, skinny, with a bushy head of afro hair, a bright smile and a look on his face of total exhaustion.

I was with a charity specialising in legal casework and so I asked whether he wanted help to apply to be brought to the UK through a legal route. He said: “Why should I bother? People always say they will help me, but no one helps me.”

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