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David Cameron Pleaded With To Help Gassed Refugees In Calais And Macedonian... By 10-Year Old

02/03/2016 11:51 GMT | Updated 02/03/2016 11:59 GMT

A ten-year-old girl was so moved by the sounds of refugee children screaming as they were tear gassed by police that she wrote a stern letter to David Cameron, calling on him to shelter more in Britain.

Neve Beach, who lives with her mother in Nutley, East Sussex, told the Prime Minister in an angry note that "no-one deserves to be put in metal containers or to be tear gassed - no matter where they come from".

After listening to a radio report on children being targeted with tear gas by police in the Calais 'Jungle' and Macedonia, the girl went "straight up to her room", her mother said, to brief Cameron on what she'd learnt on human rights at school.

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The young girl's letter to David Cameron

"In my school we have been learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and number one is everyone is born free. But the refugees are not free!" she wrote.

Neve also posed the PM a question after learning that Britain would commit to taking 4,000 refugees a year until 2020.

She asked: "Why are you not letting the refugees into the UK?"

The girl's mother, Danni, who helps pack and deliver vital donations to refugees in northern French port towns including Calais and Dunkirk, told HuffPost UK she was incredibly proud of her daughter for being spurred into writing the note.

"When the news came on in the car, you could just hear the sound of these refugee children screaming.

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Migrants run from riot police firing tear gas

"My girls [Neve, 10, and her sister Blythe, 8] were in floods of tears.

"Neve asked me 'why is this happening' and I just couldn't give her an answer.

"When we got home she went straight up to her room to write the letter. I'm really proud of her."

A post on Facebook with a picture of the letter garnered significant support for Neve's words.

"Love this... Need more children like this for a brighter future," one commenter said.

Another said her own child was grappling with the same problem as Neve, writing: "My 7 year old daughter is struggling to understand how people can do this to each other."