CW Calais

Hundreds of refugees in desperate conditions on north French coast

 August 13th, 2017

French authorities may have destroyed the ‘Jungle’ makeshift refugee camp in Calais, but charities report that hundreds of refugees and migrants – some as young as 12 – are living in desperate conditions in the woods around Calais and Dunkirk. They are without access to toilets, running water, showers or shelter and regularly face harassment by police who have used teargas, destroyed tents and confiscated possessions in an effort to drive them away.

The charity Help Refugees, estimates there are at least 600 migrants in Calais, around 300 in Dunkirk and another 200 in small makeshift camps along the coast. The Refugee Community Kitchen, which cooks food for people living in small groups in wasteland around Calais and Dunkirk, says it is distributing 2,500 meals a day.

One local resident is offering showers in her home. Other volunteer groups lending support, include Secours Catholique and the Catholic Worker House in Calais.

The Kent-based charity, Seeking Sanctuary, regularly visits and is collecting much-needed food, clothing and other supplies which are distributed by local charities.

Amelia Gentleman visited recently and wrote a report for the Guardian. See: 
www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/10/teargas-cold-no-toilets-plight-of-refugees-back-in-calais-revealed?CMP=share_btn_fb

The Kent-based charity, Seeking Sanctuary, regularly visits and is collecting much-needed food, clothing and other supplies which are distributed by local organisations.

For more information on how you can help see: www.seekingsanctuary.weebly.com

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