Draft for D.H. Article. Jan 20 1937
Public discussion of the political aspects of the Spanish situation has tended to divert attention from the terrible plight of the Spanish people. Ravaged by six months of ruthless war, the civilian population of Spain has been reduced to a state of destitution.
The normal economic life of the country has been violently dislocated. Most of the able-bodied men and youths are on the various fighting fronts, or are working feverishly to produce munitions. There has been an appalling sacrifice of lives. Many thousands of families are homeless, stripped of all they possessed in the world, lacking food, clothing, shelter, the barest necessities of existence.
In these families are young children, nursing mothers, aged folk — many of them sick and enfeebled and requiring care and medical attention which cannot, in the prevailing disorder in the country and the impoverishment of the people, be obtained.
From the very beginning of the rebellion in Spain the Labour movement of this country, both independently and