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My friend Alex was a child refugee, failed by the system. Now he’s dead | Benny Hunter

The teenager was a bright light in my life, and had faced awful trauma. But instead of offering sanctuary, the UK let him downTwo summers ago I was volunteering in the migrant and refugee camp in Calais when I met an Eritrean boy called Alex Tekle. He was 16, skinny, with a bushy head of afro hair, a bright smile and a look on his face of total exhaustion.I was with a charity specialising in legal casework and so I asked whether he wanted help to apply to be brought to the UK through a legal route. He said:

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