Afghanistan: Charities ‘overwhelmed’ with donations for refugees after video of desperate plane escape | News in the UK

Charities in the UK have been “filled” with donations for refugees from Afghanistan after video of people trying to flee the country by sticking to planes was seen around the world.

In Manchester, charity Care4Calais said it had received £ 40,000 in donations, with clothes, shoes, nappies and blankets coming in the carry-on.

Donors said something sparked their kindness: video of people clinging to a U.S. military aircraft, desperately trying to flee.

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Chaos at the airport in Kabul as people cling to the plane

Yusuf Omar, himself a fugitive from Senegal, said he had been busy collecting donations for charity.

“People carry things all day and all night,” he said. “I haven’t slept yet.”

Clare Moseley, chief executive of Care4Calais, called the response “amazing” and said she hasn’t seen anything like it since 2015.

In September of that year, a photograph of baby Aylan Kurdi’s body on a beach in Turkey sparked a huge outpouring of aid for refugees fleeing violence in Syria.

Yusuf Omar, a fugitive from Senegal, helps collect donations in Manchester to help refugees in Afghanistan
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Yusuf Omar, a fugitive from Senegal, helps collect donations in Manchester to help refugees in Afghanistan

Ms Moseley told Sky News: “When there’s so much bad stuff in the world, it can be overwhelming, and then just see ordinary people want to help and do good. It’s like you want to keep going.”

On Tuesday Sally Depee, who runs Little Cherubs, a children’s clothing bank in Chapel-en-le-Frith in the Peak District, posted a Facebook post asking for donations for the Afghan run away children who have recently arrived in the country.

He said: “At first I was asked to prepare donations for Sunday, but then I had another phone call to say ‘is there a chance we can do this sooner?’

“These people were cold, they got the clothes they got and they were cold and they didn’t. They brought what they had, they didn’t have any belongings, they had to leave.”

His Facebook post read: “Urgent request for any clothing, shoes, sleeping bags, nappies, utensils and toilets ages 1-13. This is for 64 young refugees.”

About 30 volunteers sorted clothes, toiletries, toys, cloths, nappies and other items into bags
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About 30 volunteers sorted clothes, toiletries, toys, cloths, nappies and other items into bags

He was told the children were staying at a hotel in nearby Cheshire with their families, having recently arrived from Afghanistan.

The Cheshire East Council said the Home Office had adjusted the number of individuals and families who worked as “local working staff” to support British forces in Afghanistan to temporarily accommodate the area.

“I was expecting a great response, because I know how generous the people in the local community are, but I didn’t quite anticipate how far and wide people would travel to help,” Ms Depee said.

“At the end of the day it’s one man’s children, one man’s daughters, we all have a natural instinct to help.

“The donations we received far exceeded my expectations and I was really overwhelmed and quite emotional.”

Clothes, toiletries, toys, blankets, nappies and other items were sorted into the bags of nearly 30 volunteers.

Ms Depee said they will be given to families and children in the coming days.

He said: “At first I was asked to prepare donations for Sunday, but then I had another phone call to say‘ is there a chance we can do this sooner? ’.

“These people are cold, they get the clothes they’ve got and they’re cold and they don’t.

“They took what they had. They didn’t have any belongings. They had to leave.”

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