Paintings of cartoon characters were removed this week from a reception center for migrant children in Kent, a county in south-east England, on the orders of Minister of State for Immigration Robert jenrick.
Mickey, Baloo, Tweety or Sylvester… These figures appreciated by the youngest, painted on the walls of a reception center for migrant children, in England, were erased on Tuesday by order of the Minister of State for the Immigration Robert Jenrick, revealed this week the English daily inews. Information confirmed on Friday by the Guardian.
These paintings were in the Kent intake unit (KIU) center, located in the city of Dover, which takes care of unaccompanied migrant children. They sent the wrong message and gave the impression that the country was “welcoming”, for Robert Jenrick. His decision, notified in April, “horrified” the center team, who deemed it “cruel”.
“The idea that paintings and removing sources of entertainment for children in migrant reception centers will prevent the boats from coming is utter nonsense,” said Stephen Kinnock, a Labor MP who is also Minister of Health. State at Immigration of the “shadow cabinet” of the opposition.
“What are they going to replace them with? Cruella?”
Charlotte Khan, of the Care4Calais charity, which helps migrants, asked inews: “If Mickey is deemed too ‘welcoming’, what are they going to replace him with to scare and traumatize children “Maleficent? Ursula? Cruella?”
“The real villains in this story are Robert Jenrick and the other heartless people who call themselves ministers,” she added.
A UK Home Department spokesman said the government is “doing everything it can to ensure children are safe and receive the support they need”. Before concluding: “Our priority is to stop the boats and interrupt the activity of the smugglers.”
Source: BFM TV