In the last couple of days our volunteers in Calais have been AMAZING.
There were evictions at refugee sites in both Calais and Dunkirk, and our volunteers’ response has been quietly stunning.
Yesterday they came into the warehouse at 8am so that we could do food distributions first thing. In the afternoon we did our normal clothing distribution then in the evening they came back, re-packed the van with tents and sleeping bags for all the people who had their things taken in the evictions, and went out again. Watching them work in the dark I was very moved.
And today they did it again. They may be tired, but when news of another eviction comes they always redouble their efforts, not complaining.
It’s tough here in northern France right now. Cold and wet, hostile and intimidating at times. January to March is the toughest time of the year. It takes special people to deal with it, but our volunteers really are special. They’re a mixed bunch – all ages, all backgrounds, from countries all over the world. But they’re united by a common belief in fairness and kindness, and a willingness to work hard to that belief into practice.
To have worked with them here as they come together to help refugees is both a privilege and an inspiration.