Read about No.162:

Havens East

Who was No.162? Activities


A few times throughout history large groups of children have been rescued from danger by people in other countries. This story of the children from the Basque country being kept safe from the Spanish Civil War is one example. Jewish children escaping persecution by the Nazi’s during World War II is another. That is known as The Kindertransport. On both of these occasions it was hoped that children would be reunited with their families one day so people took great care to be organised and keep track of who came. Both sets of children wore numbered labels.

  • Imagine that you could write a message on your label as well as the number. What might it say?


Explore the Norfolk Schools of Sanctuary’s Digital Day of Welcome. Here you will find an activity called Hexagons of Hope. It is full of information about the hexagonal labels that the Basque children wore when they came to the UK.

  • There are many ways to share your art on one of the powerpoint slides and we would love to see it.


The Basque children came to the UK without any adult family members and many, like Rafael, were never properly reunited with their families. Sadly it is estimated that just over half of today’s 25.9 million refugees are children and, like Rafael, many of them are forced to travel unaccompanied and they struggle to be reunited with their families.

Currently some people argue that government rules make it too difficult for child refugees who have come to the UK to be reunited with their families. Amnesty International’s Families Together campaign aims to change that. You can find out more and take action by visiting their website here.