Bob Geldof says he will take in four Syrian families, blasts government response to migrant crisis

Musician Bob Geldof said today that he will take in four Syrian families to live in his own homes in Britain because the ongoing migrant crisis that is gripping Europe is a “sickening disgrace.”

While talking to Ireland’s RTE radio, Geldof said that he and his partner, Jeanne Marine, could open up their homes in Kent and London to four families trying to escape the conflicts in the Middle East.

“I can’t stand what is happening. I cannot stand what it does to us,” Geldof said, reports the AFP. “Me and Jeanne would be prepared to take three families immediately in our place in Kent and a family in our flat in London immediately.”

Geldof, who is best known today for his support for social issues as the founder of Band Aid, said the families could live in his homes until they can get on their own feet. He added that he was really moved by the image of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned when his family tried to reach Greece.

“I look at it with profound shame and a monstrous betrayal of who we are and what we wish to be,” Geldof said.

As the Daily Mail notes, Geldof’s comments come while U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is in Portugal. There, he said he is committed to helping “thousands” of Syrian refugees in UN camps.

“Given the scale of the crisis and the suffering of people, today I can announce that we will do more in providing resettlement to thousands more Syrian refugees,” Cameron said in Lisbon, reports The Los Angeles Times.

There are thousands of migrants fleeing to Europe from conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Europe is experiencing the largest wave of migrants since World War II.

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