I think this is terrific, Ali. It’s very well written, and anticipates, accurately, the sorts of arguments people make to justify not helping refugees. I also like your painting. Your article has given me a much better understanding of what the situation in Calais’ ‘Jungle’ is like.
I went to Calais in January five years ago (after Paris, to catch the ferry to Dover) and was remembering what the town was like, and the area around the entry to the Channel tunnel. How desolate that landscape was, and how cold in January. I agree with the conclusions you’ve drawn, too. Good work.