Friday 9 December 2016

Warm, funny and brave, Nujeen reached out and touched my heart

David and Goliath story has opened my eyes to the refugee crisis, and I want to help

Victoria Mary Clarke

Published 06/11/2016 | 02:30

Optimism: Nujeen Mustafa on the road from Syria to Germany in August 2015 Photo: AFP PHOTO / STR
Optimism: Nujeen Mustafa on the road from Syria to Germany in August 2015 Photo: AFP PHOTO / STR

I am having a holiday on the island of La Gomera, near Tenerife. On the beach in front of our hotel there is a large orange deflated dinghy lying abandoned. Nobody goes near it, nobody touches it.

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The day we arrived, there was a dead body on the beach, covered in a white towel.

My mother saw it and said that at first, you wouldn't have known it was a dead body, you might have thought it was someone sleeping. But it didn't move and after a while a policeman came and then an ambulance.

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