Dunkerque Refugees Living in Woods
This is a three month old baby that I met today living in the woods near to Dunkerque with his parents. As you can see they have no shelter other than a ripped piece of tarpaulin draped over a branch. Not too bad today in the sun but there is rain forecast for later this week.
When I worked in the Calais jungle people sometimes said it was like a piece of Africa in Europe. To me has never seemed so much like Africa as now. We are struggling to get enough drinking water out to people, and when we do they gulp it down desperate with thirst. Sleeping rough there is no access to something even as basic as water and we are buying hundreds of bottles a day and filling jerry cans and cups to go in our vans. Can this really be happening?
I’ve been here longer than most now and I thought I had seen it all, but even to me Calais is worse than ever. Every other day the police stop food distributions and routinely and callously take sleeping bags and possessions off the refugees leaving them with nothing.
We are not in the news so much any more. Please share this. People should know.