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Paul O’Grady humanises refugees after visit

Paul O’Grady has urged people to show compassion to refugees after he witnessed the trauma faced by thousands fleeing conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan.

The comedian travelled to Athens with the Salvation Army, visiting the makeshift homes of refugees there. “They’re having a terrible time and they’re going through a shocking ordeal. I don’t know where they are all going to go but they’ve got to go somewhere, so we’ve got to show compassion,” he said, appearing on BBC One’s Sally Army And Me.

“We have got to stop all this nonsense about ‘migrants, migrants’ as if they’re a cockroach, a rat invasion. They’re not; they’re human beings. They had lives. They don’t want to be here. War has forced them out.”