Oona Chaplin has been a regular volunteer with us in Calais over the last four months. Now a patron of Help Refugees, the actress follows in the footsteps of her famously compassionate grandfather Charlie Chaplin as a champion of the refugee cause. Oona was hard at work in the the Calais camp last week as one of the many volunteers working to clear the ‘buffer zone’. In this Telegraph piece, she talks to reporter David about her experiences over a cup of tea from Haji’s cafe in the camp.
From the Telegraph –
Oona Chaplin helps migrants in Calais ‘Jungle’ as bulldozers move in
The authorities have decided to clear an area near the motorway leading to the port, where there have been clashes with police. Migrants have hurled stones at passing lorries, and at a Scottish school bus last weekend.
Chaplin, 29, works with a group called Help Refugees UK that is helping migrants move the huts to an area that should, in principle, be left untouched.
She says it is understandable that the migrants have vowed to “peacefully resist” any move to evict them. “They (the authorities) will be bulldozing what little belongings, what little humanity they’ve managed to rebuild.”
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