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The BMJ’s Christmas appeal 2015: the refugees of Calais and Dunkirk are in dire need of medical aid

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 21 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6924


Every spring, a bluebird flies down our chimney, gets trapped in the flue, and makes a tremendous racket trying to free itself. But birds cannot fly vertically, so eventually the little fellow falls into our woodstove, exhausted and defeated. Then we gently rescue him, take him outside, and watch him fly away. Like the bluebird, mankind is trapped, unable to escape or ascend. And man is waiting for the gentle hand of kindness to lift him up.

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 December 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA