The situation in Calais remains very difficult with the French police destroying tents when they find them, leaving hundreds of refugees including families with children with very limited shelter. The Care4Calais group continue to provide clothing, blankets, hygiene kits and food (in conjunction with Refugee Community Kitchen).
There are no longer any official or unofficial camps in the region. Following the fire at the Dunkerque refugee camp the policy of the French authorities is one of dispersal, yet many hundreds of people are still trying to survive in the area, desperate to reach a better life. Care4Calais volunteers have to go out each evening to try to find where the refugees are, as any encampments they set up are pulled down as soon as the police find them.
Refugee Action – Colchester will be arranging a trip to Calais in mid September. We already have a good collection of blankets and warm clothing such as hats, socks and gloves. We will launch an appeal for specific requirements closer to the time as needs change on a weekly basis. If anyone is interested in coming, please contact Philip Horner or Maria Wilby. If anyone wants to go before then, Care4Calais are in desperate need of people over 25 who would be willing to drive one of their vans. You can contact them direct via their Facebook page or website Care4Calais.org where you can find regular updates on the situation.
by Philip Horner