Church in London Hangs Deflated Dinghy Inside Auditorium in Powerful Testament to Refugee Crisis

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

A salvaged dinghy was hung in the nave of a central London church for the Christmas holidays as a reminder of the human toll of the migrant crisis.

The Rev. Lucy Winkett of St. James’s Church said Tuesday it is important for the faithful to reach out to all people “who are experiencing displacement and danger” as Christians mark the birth of Christ.

The partially deflated boat is part of an installation called “Flight” by artist Arabella Dorman that also includes three suspended life jackets.

The dinghy was used earlier this year to carry 62 migrants from Turkey to the island of Lesbos in Greece. It was designed for far fewer passengers.

With just days left in 2015, the Geneva-based International Organization for Migrants says more than 1 million asylum-seekers have entered Europe as of Monday. Almost all came by sea, while 3,692 drowned in the attempt.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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