Southsea friends making the trip to Calais tonight to support Syrian refugees

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A GROUP of selfless friends have decided to travel to Calais tonight to give out aid to refugees as the humanitarian crisis deepens.

Yazen Atia, 28, and his friends from Mexican takeaway Al Burrito, in Southsea, are going up to catch the Dover to Calais ferry with vehicles stacked with food, tents and clothes.

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Yazen said he was spurred on to take action because he was growing concerned the government wasn’t helping, and his parents are from Iraq.

It comes after prime minister David Cameron assured thousands more refugees would be accepted into the UK after harrowing pictures highlighting their blight were published this week, including that of a dead baby washed up on a Turkish beach.

He said: ‘It was a growing idea everyone had in their minds.

‘I had a few late nights reading everything and I saw my friends in London were doing something and I thought, “I’ve had enough and I’ll go on my own if I have to.”

‘I was starting to lose a bit of faith in humanity.

‘Someone needs to help.

‘As human beings, as a race, we all need to help each other and that’s really important.’