Lily Caprani, Unicef UK’s Deputy Executive Director, said:

“If our Government had acted more quickly, this boy could be alive and with his family today. He had a legal right to be in the UK and his brother had a bedroom here waiting for him. Instead, his friends watched him die on a road in Calais. He travelled across continents to find safety and it’s heart-breaking that a lack of action for children in that awful camp pushed him to try to complete his journey in the back of a lorry. 

“This tragedy must now lead to action. The UK must work with the French authorities to get children into appropriate accommodation, where they canhave access to care and legal support so they can reach their families safely. It’s in the UK Government’s hands to prevent any more children from being killed.”


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Unicef UK Press Office, 00 44 (0) 207 375 6030

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