Following the tragic news last week of the death of 39 migrants in the back of a container lorry, Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead Bishop for migration and asylum, has made calls for the redoubling of efforts to provide safe routes for those who seek a better life far from their homeland. In a statement released on Friday 25th October he said:
“We are praying for the thirty-nine women and men who died, for their families, and for all those across the world who have lost their lives while trying to reach a better future.
“This tragedy underscores the urgent need to redouble our efforts in establishing safe passages and combatting criminals who exploit desperate people.”
What started out as a journey of hope ended in tragedy in an industrial park in Essex. Our thoughts and prayers lay with the deceased, their families and those affected by this event.