Life as a refugee

Life as a refugee

“They come and find us in the early mornings, spray all our sleeping bags and clothing with tear gas and until we get the strength to get up and run for our lives. We just want a better life.”

The words of one refugee currently living in a camp, amongst the trees in a disregarded part of Calais. There is no shelter, temperatures are dropping and conditions are fierce as wind and rain dominate.

Yet hopes are high for this group of young men as they converse with volunteers and share biscuits around the mud-surrounded firepit.

As someone who has struggled with keeping positive, experiencing the hope and perseverance of these refugees makes me determined to keep on fighting for their right to live happily and safely.

There’s so much we can do as people to make sure the boys stay hopeful, and Care4Calais gives an amazing opportunity to do that.

Written by a volunteer. To volunteer or donate go to

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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