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Jolyon Rubenstein writes in the Independent about his visit to the Calais camp with the Help Refugees team

Read Jolyon Rubenstein’s excellent insight into the situation in Calais. He travelled to the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp with our team last week, including patron Oona Chaplin. Numerous Labour and Lib Dem MPs have visited Calais and Dunkirk – now Jolyon calls on Conservative MP’s (none of whom have been) to make the short trip and see the living conditions in the camp for themselves.

From the Independent –

The Calais Jungle isn’t a refugee camp, it’s a camp full of refugees – and there’s a huge difference

Walking into the Jungle five days ago I instantly felt ashamed. I thought that I was walking into a dark and dangerous place. That I was walking into hell. In truth it’s much more like purgatory. These people are stuck. They can’t go back. They can’t go forward. So they wait.

We, the British public, are labouring under some fundamental misapprehensions. The Jungle is not a refugee camp. It is a camp full of refugees and the distinction is important. There are over 15 nationalities peacefully (in the main) coexisting. In a refugee camp there are usually two nationalities, at max. There are over 70 restaurants and cafés in the jungle, countless small shops selling toothpaste, toilet paper and chocolate. There are two churches, three mosques, a theatre, a library and a women’s centre.

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We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

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