Long-term volunteer, Sophie, arrived in Calais in September 2018 and joined RWC the following month. Through spoken-word poetry she has reflected on her experience on the ground and by extension how she views the European 'migrant crisis'. Below you can find her poem The Wrong Hands :
Convicted by the court
shackled by the state
family left fraught.
They say what you did was illegal
but that excuse is feeble
you were fighting a system
that calls you an "illegal human".
You used your agency
to try and set yourself free,
and now your hands are tied
when it's the state that should be tried.
Putting your child in a boat
hoping that it will float
is a risk taken
when the state leaves people foresaken
by not showing hospitality
because of Europe's warped mentality.
The walls are getting higher and higher
topped with coils of barbed wire.
This lack of compassion
leads to frustration
more dangerous passageways
smuggling, trafficking, running along motorways.
But organised crime is to blame for a fraction
the investigations are just a distraction.
When instead, we should be rounding up
those who build fortress Europe.