Act now for separated children
‘He ended up stuck in a tiny, dirty cell in a small-town police station in northwest Greece. When I met Wasim, he had been locked up around the clock for a month, without access to interpreters, psychological care, or even games or books to occupy his mind.’ 
We urgently need to act to help children like Wasim. Next Monday, Ireland’s broken promises to separated children in refugee camps will be under the international spotlight, when we co-chair the UN Summit on Refugees.  Only one unaccompanied child has been given a home in Ireland since Frances Fitzgerald promised to make this a top priority this time last year, and this is something that she’ll want to keep as quiet as possible. 
She certainly knows she’s under the spotlight on this one. In June, over 1,000 Uplift members emailed and phoned her to demand action on this urgent issue – and she responded saying it’s still ‘top of her agenda’. But she has yet to take action, something that will be noted by her peers in the UN next Monday. While Ireland is under the lens internationally, we need to use this opportunity to make sure that Frances feels the same heat at home.
If thousands of us raise our voices together, we will show Frances Fitzgerald that we won’t stop until urgent action is taken. Children like Wasim can’t afford any more delays. Could you add your name to the petition today, to ask Frances Fitzgerald to urgently increase the number of separated children brought to Ireland?