For refugees, family is what you make it

For refugees, family is what you make it

Today I met a journalist from Iraq in Dunkirk. He’s 27 and had to leave his home because he was in real danger due to his political views. When he arrived in Dunkirk he became friends with a lovely Kurdish family, and now they have a great deal: he translates for them and they cook dinner for him each night.

Every night the mum uses things from our food pack, like rice, chicken, vegetables and pasta, to cook a nice meal for her husband, two children, and the Iraqi refugee. His own parents and siblings are still in Iraq, so these family dinners give him a sense of belonging that is so hard to find in such an unstable and lonely place. The children see him as an uncle and the journalist is very protective over them.

They have been through a lot together in Dunkirk. Evictions, destruction of their belongings, racist abuse. But like any other family they always find comfort in that dinner time by the fire. There they share a sense of hope that things will change.

This week we distributed 160 family food packs, enough to feed almost 650 men, women and children. This isn’t easy to do. For this week’s distribution alone we spent almost £2,000. But with so many relying on our help, we have no other choice.

For £10 you can help feed a group of four people for three days. To contribute, visit

About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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