Calais and Dunkirk update

Calais and Dunkirk update

Calais and Dunkirk update

The last few days in both Calais and Dunkirk have been brutal. Following major evictions at both locations the police will not allow the refugees any respite. No matter how sparse or desolate the place they find to get some sleep, the police move them on. People are left tired, confused and don’t know which way to turn.

It’s beyond distressing to see people who have become our friends treated this way. To see them emotionally battered, broken and lost. It reminds me of November 2016, when Calais was the most hostile place on earth to be a refugee.

All this has happened because, for a few days in the summer, the weather was good and a few hundred people made it across the channel in small boats. The press noticed, so our politicians felt they needed to ‘take action’. But what will this ‘action’ achieve?

Let’s face it, closing the Calais Jungle in October 2016 did not stop people coming, and has not stopped families risking their lives in small boats; so a smaller version of the same thing today is hardly going to achieve anything now is it? No – but it does cause the hell and devastation we are seeing on people’s faces today.

Today I met a friend who immediately asked me for food. Just food. And when I gave him the crisps and biscuits I had in my car he eat both before pausing to speak. This is not a good thing to see.

If you can help we need tents and sleeping bags, coats and joggers, sugar and milk, nuts and chocolate. You can find your nearest drop off point here: https://care4calais.org/thedropoffmap/

For financial donations please click here:https://bit.ly/2NI79r3

Thank you

About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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