Care4Calais team send solidarity to residents of Napier Barracks
“Our entire team in Calais want to send a clear message back to the UK: ‘We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at Napier Barracks’.
The news coming from the UK has troubled all of us working here with Care4Calais. We know many of these guys personally, and we know how much they have risked and endured to get to the UK. We know their stories, and we know that above all else, they come to the UK out of hope for a better, safer life.
Since news reached us of the Covid outbreak in the barracks, we have all been deeply concerned about the health and wellbeing of our friends there. In Calais, we operate socially distanced distributions. Our team wear full PPE on site, and we wear medical grade and disposable masks whenever we engage with refugees. I have lost count of the times that those at our distributions have thanked us for implementing these measures to keep everybody safe.
Yet, we have heard stories about the unacceptable conditions in the barracks, and about how scared people are about their health. On top of this, the fire has left the people there feeling more vulnerable, unsafe and afraid than ever before. The people we meet in Calais view the UK as a place where they will finally be safe, and be treated fairly and equally. Many of them have been through unbelievable ordeals to escape their own countries and reach the UK. But they then find themselves forced into unsafe and unacceptable living conditions, like those at Napier Barracks.
Something I have heard over the past few months from a number of our French volunteers, in regards to the situation in Calais, is ‘I cannot believe that this is happening in my country’. Myself and other British volunteers look at what is currently happening in the UK and can’t help but echo that sentiment.
To our brothers and sisters in the Napier Barracks, and all across the UK, stay strong, and know that Care4Calais stands with you.” – Henry, Care4Calais Operations Manager