An update from the Help Refugees team in Calais –
Just wanted to let everybody know how things are going in the Calais camp. With the exact date of the forced eviction unclear, our team has been completely focused on working with the communities to identify the most vulnerable and with preparing everything needed in our building workshop to facilitate the relocation programme.
This morning we will be pre-fabricating new shelters in the warehouse and getting them to camp by afternoon for the most vulnerable. We have a digger in place to clear ground but desperately still need building supplies, timber etc. Donations to our building fund can be made here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/shelter-building-calais Our record for shelters built in one day is 36 – so it’s now all hands on deck to match or beat that number. Once ground is cleared we also hope to manually move existing shelters to the new space. Our priority remains to support all of the residents in the camp, working especially hard to ensure the safety of the women and children in the affected areas.
We understand the focus of the peaceful protest by the refugees will be this Friday.
Refugees and volunteers are moving the shelters in the camp in Calais.
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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