This morning Help Refugees co-founder Lliana Bird was interviewed on BBC Breakfast about the Calais camp relocations. She outlines the terrible conditions in the camp at the moment – the mud, the waterlogged ground, the consistent and penetrating cold – as well as correcting some of the confusion that has arisen this week in discussions about refugee relocation. On Monday, the French government marked out a ‘100m wide zone’ around the two sides of the camp that back onto public roads. The approx. 2,000 people living in that zone, in tents and shelters, were given just 3 days to leave. The clearance of the zone does not directly relate to the new container camp that has opened. That camp has 1500 places total and is slowly allocating spaces at around 40-50 people per day. Some of the 2000 people in the ‘100m zone’ may move there. In the meantime, volunteers and refugees have worked together to clear new ground, build new shelters and relocate existing tents and shelters to alternative areas within the camp in the very short space of time they have been given before the French authorities begin bulldozing the area.
Please watch to find out more from Lliana.
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