Cromer's 40acts of Kindness - a lesson in giving out not giving up
311 refugees were drowned on route from Libya to Europe, and the inhabitants of Lampedusa helped to save the lives of 155 others.
After meeting some of the survivors who are Eritrean Christians in the church on Lampedusa, Mr Tuccio, the island's carpenter, was moved by their plight but felt frustrated that he could not make a difference to their situation. The best he could do was to use his skills as a carpenter to fashion each of them a cross from the wreckage of the boat as a reflection on their salvation from the sea and hope for the future.
Churches Together in King’s Lynn organised the cross to be borrowed from Cafod in Cambridge and it was on display in the week leading up the Churches Together talk on refugees by the CEO of Refugee Council, Maurice Wren. There was also a special Holy Communion service by Revd Laura Baker.
'As I elevated the bread and wine above the Lampedusa Cross, which was placed on the altar in front of me, I was struck by the very real death represented in the cross and the elements and at the same time, the hope we have from Christ.'
Those that came to look at the cross were very moved. Hilary Scase said:
'It’s very moving. When I look at it and think about all it represents – the agony at Lampedusa and the agony of Christ on the cross – it makes me want to cry. I feel very solemn.'
Sue Brinton said:
'It is very moving to see the Lampedusa cross knowing that through one act of kindness crosses like this were given to survivors of that dreadful boat disaster in 2013 as a sign of hope for the future. May our love and prayers help all refugees to that better future.'