Number 10, August 1939
THE LAST TWO YEARS
On July 10th
two years ago, we came to Cambria House, after having spent two
months in Southampton. We came to England on 23rd May
1937. First we were taken to Southampton where we stayed for two
months. On July 10th some good comrades took charge
of us and brought us to this house where we are happy and very
well treated. We came to Newport by train, and there were some
members of the Committee and some other people waiting for us.
They brought us here, where they gave us a splendid reception,
as they had already done in Newport. We had something to eat,
and then went into the yard to play. There they took several photographs
of us, - of the boys playing football, and of us girls playing
ring games etc.
When we came, we were 20 girls and 30 boys. Later on, 7 other
girls came. They had been elsewhere but they had brothers here.
We have all spent two happy years, during which time we have learned
many useful things. Here we have all had some good times and some
sad times for our parents stayed in Spain up to the last moment,
and we have often had news which is not to our liking.
Here we have lived like brothers and sisters. Now, 15 of our companions
have had to go back to Spain because their parents, who were unfortunate
enough to have remained there, wanted to see their children again.
These comrades have left room for others who, like myself, cannot
go back to Spain, because their parents are refugees in France.
But however far away we may be, we shall never forget the workers
of Wales who have helped us in these horrible times, and we shall
never forget the good time these comrades have given us in Cambria
What is war?
What is the use of it? These questions have often been asked and
I am going to try to answer them.
War is the cause of all the ruin and plagues that fill the world
today, and it is caused by the vileness of a few persons like
Hitler and Mussolini, and some others. The more they have the
more they want. To them it is no matter if other people must suffer
privations and die by the million through starvation, while they
enjoy fine banquets.
As I have said, war is the greatest of all catastrophes. Nothing
is achieved by it except the destruction of homes and of whole
cities, and the death of people who have never wanted to make
Do you know what wars are for? They exist only in order that nations
may spend thousands of millions of pounds on armaments, in order
to destroy people, - money that could be used for the purpose
of giving work to the unemployed of the world.
I think that this article, inadequate as it is, shows that wars
serve no good purpose at all.
MORE ABOUT WAR
.. You do not
realise what war means, but as for me (and there are many like
me) I have seen war at close quarters, and I have felt it in all
its crudity. I tell you that it is a thing that you must never
allow, unless you want to lose your children, your husbands and
wives, your brothers and sisters, in other words, if you do not
want to see the destruction of your homes, - those homes which
to us workers cost so much sweat.