Yesterday there was another eviction in Dunkirk. Its not the first time but is never a pleasant thing to witness. Large dumpsters were driven onto the site and dozens of tents, blankets, pots, pans and clothing were hurled into them leaving hundreds of people destitute once more. The temporary toilets and showers were hauled away leaving refugees and volunteers scared and worried.
Buses to unknown destinations throughout France were offered. These buses take people to centres where the lucky ones can claim asylum or maybe spend some time with a roof over their heads before they have to move again. Many took the buses but others just vanished into the trees until the authorities had left, then returned to find all their possessions gone.
So today we went to the site to do a rubbish clear up so that at least as they rebuild it will be cleaner for the children. Many of the refugees joined in to help and also thanked us; they said they know we really care.
Tomorrow we will be back to distribute what the refugees told us they need. And we’ll cotinue to do so, both for practical reasons and to show that there are many of us who want to do away with the ‘hostile environment’ and build one of justice, welcome and solidarity. We need tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment and clothes. If you can help please go to www.care4calais.org or donate now at https://goo.gl/jmkx7A