On Monday night the community leaders of the groups being evicted from their current housing in the Calais camp held a meeting. They have decided to peacefully resist the breakup of their homes and their communities. See statement below. Help Refugees will respect their wishes while continuing to prepare new land, build new shelters as well as clear existing areas. Our priority will be to assist the most vulnerable including the elderly, women and children and create safe housing for them to move into as soon as they are ready.
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Statement from community leaders:
We, the united people of the Jungle, Calais, respectfully decline the demands of the French government with regards to reducing the size of the jungle. We have decided to remain where we are and will peacefully resist the government’s plans to destroy our homes. We plead with the French authorities and the international communities that you understand our situation and respect our fundamental human rights.
This photo by Miss Magpie Fashion Spy shows volunteers clearing tents in the camp earlier today.
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