The plight of refugees has been highlighted in a striking way outside Parliament today after campaigners laid out 2,500 orange lifejackets on the grass.
MPs will see the jackets, underneath the statue of Winston Churchill, and be reminded of those refugees who have died while making journeys across the sea in recent weeks between Turkey and the Greek island Chios.
It’s all part of an awareness raising campaign by charities like the the International Rescue Committee. It comes as a major conference in New York on the topic of the refugee crisis gets underway.
Laid out overnight, the orange jackets were quickly noticed by social media users.
“May says we must ‘protect our borders’. 1000s of empty lifejackets in Parliament Sq show what that really means,” wrote Mary Atkinson.
And Rossalyn Warren wrote: “There are 2,500 life jackets used by refugees outside Parliament today, representing those who died on way to Europe”.