Today we went to Dunkirk to distribute base layers, toiletries and high energy snacks. However, when we arrived we learned that just a few hours earlier the police had raided and destroyed everyone’s possessions. The weather was really bad; there was a lot of wind and you could see it had been raining the previous day too. The refugees were desperate to get anything warm. It was impressive that a lot of them still smiled and joked with us.
We quickly distributed everything we had brought, but it was so cold, and people had lost so much that day, we decided to go back to the warehouse to collect some blankets that had been delivered yesterday by Mary Black and 5 Towns to Dunkirk and Calais. We also picked up some lovely chocolate cakes donated by Carlisle Refugee Action Group; a great way to add a bit of energy on a cold and depressing day.
By the time we got back to Dunkirk the sun was going down and there were more police in the area. The atmosphere was sober.
We gave out the blankets and cakes and they were exactly what was needed – very big thank you to 5 Towns and Carlisle Group; but then the refugees showed us were they were sleeping… it was heart breaking, they had hardly anything left.
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