This Wednesday was an extremely wet and windy day, at times the rain was so heavy it was pummelling us. As we pulled up there were many cold, wet and hopeful faces – and despite the dreadful weather nearly everyone had a smile for us!
We were giving each refugee a choice of a roll mat or a blanket together with a food pack. The distribution went well although many were desperately needing tents, sleeping bags and shoes.
Those who have tents now have very wet bedding. The downpour was fierce (the first of many to come sadly – its turning into an autumnal feel already) and there are new arrivals daily.
I followed a refugee with another volunteer into the wooded area where this refugee was living. Everything he had was saturated. A two person tent was housing five. What was also apparent is the HUGE need for tarpaulins to try and protect the flimsy tents from absorbing so much water.
I had been in Dunkirk only four weeks ago, when it was blistering hot and everyone was outside seeking shade – the contrast was not just apparent but devastating, and so much worse to come yet. The weather in Calais, especially the wind, is vicious at times.
Please remind the world what is happening on a daily basis