Dunkirk refugees lose everything they own in major clearance
Imagine going out and returning home to find everything you own is gone. Clothes, food, everything.
This weekend, refugees at Dunkirk found themselves in this heartbreaking situation. Once again the French authorities (with the full backing of the British) have cleared the area and evicted refugees.
We’re hearing some (as yet unconfirmed) reports of a particularly unpleasant trick: authorities ushered people onto buses to go and get showers. When they got back, everything had been taken, including their tents, sleeping bags, blankets and food.
Our volunteers were greeted by people who were downcast and lost when they arrived on their regular visit. The actions of the authorities make our work so much more difficult. The refugees move further into remote areas to escape, but we need to find them to help them. They rely on us for basic necessities – clothes, food, sleeping bags – everything. Our teams split up and searched for people in local woods, under bridges, wherever we could.
This week, as well as our normal family food packs, we gave out over 100 sleeping bags and tarpaulins to everyone we could find.
We continue to raise awareness of how pointless and damaging this policy of fixed evictions is. In the meantime, we keep them warm, fed and dry, and do all we can to show that there are still people who care. Thank you so much to everyone at home who enables us to continue this work.