We see the person – not the problem

We see the person – not the problem

Sometimes we see how frustrating life in the camps can be for the few women.

Last week, we were in Dunkirk and a woman I’ve got to know introduced me to her friend. She was having her period and was desperate for a shower.

We began to search the internet. In the past she could have gone to a swimming pool and used the shower there for €3. But they’re all closed because of coronavirus. I couldn’t take her to my flat in Calais because it was too far away. I offered to pay for a hotel room, but she said that was too much for her to accept.

In the end, we gave her extra wet wipes and tissues from the packs we have out with us. She was very grateful.

Her culture is different from ours, and she has her dignity. We helped her to maintain that. We could see the person and not just the problem and at that moment, that was what she needed more than anything.

To donate or volunteer, go to care4calais.org/get-involved

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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