by Ani Wilkinson
"It’s absurd to claim that you can tell from few photos that the teenagers are older than they seem. Before being allowed to travel to the UK, all fourteen underwent a comprehensive expert age assessment. People have taken to Twitter to share photos of themselves as mature looking teenagers – proving that it’s impossible to guess a person’s age just by looking. Calls for dental checks have also been slapped down by dentists, on the basis they’re not an adequately accurate measure.
It seems to make no difference, though. As long as they can be compared with an idealised type of a helpless, prepubescent child victim, critics will have an excuse for their lack of compassion. Never mind that every single refugee, including those well over the age of 18, has experienced unimaginable suffering. Never mind that our basic humanity should prompt us to feel empathy for people who’ve been forced to leave their home to flee violence and terror."