Volunteers walk for miles to reach evicted refugees
Today I was exceptionally proud of our volunteers. Rather than being deterred by the rocks and fences police put up to block off access to refugees after another big eviction, they instead stuffed rucksacks full of tarpaulins, biscuits and blankets and walked for miles to help as many people as possible.
Their determination in face of this hostile environment was amazing. Everyone worked incredibly hard until late in the evening to make sure they could reach those who have lost their tents and belongings in yet another eviction. Because of our volunteers, hundreds of vulnerable people can sleep a bit better tonight.
The situation in Calais right now is brutal. The authorities are not giving refugees a minute’s rest and there has been no respite for anyone here. We have not been able to distribute clothes for days because we are fully occupied giving out food, blankets and tarps just to keep people alive.
Even our usual services like clothing repairs, hairdressing and first aid – so valuable to people who have had everything else taken away from them – have been interrupted. Everywhere is blocked off in town and they’re cutting down every tree so that people have nowhere to hide. It’s shockingly harsh.
The refugees here are a resilient bunch who have already been through a lot in their lives. It’s unbelievable that the authorities are trying to brutalise them even further.
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