Remember the 6th of December? St. Nicolas Day. Rev’d Professor Nicholas Sagovsky and St Nicolas went to Yarls Wood with presents, but were not allowed to take them in? Well, if you read this account partly from children who were in Yarls wood at the time, you find that they arrived!
“Some presents came. [An Anglican priest dressed as Santa took them to the centre as a protest against children being locked up in immigration centres.] There was a big sack. They said you have to show your ID card and you get one present and one coin. It’s a funny Santa if you have to show an ID card.”
Not much consolation for the deplorable situation. Perhaps a glimmer of hope and compassion? Being hopeful in these times, is I think, underrated!