The Guardian talks to Help Refugees volunteer Nico about the Calais camp relocations

As part of their coverage of the refugee crisis, the Guardian was in the Calais camp at the start of the week and spoke to Calais coordinator Nico. She talked about the successful relocation of around 1,300 refugees which was achieved through the superhuman hard work of the volunteers and community in the camp. However, the camp continues to be a challenging place to live and the cold weather poses a new set of problems for the children, women and men who currently call ‘the Jungle’ home.

From the Guardian

‘Kids could die in the cold’: the race to rehouse Calais refugees

“This was the Eritrean area,” said Nico Stevens, of HelpRefugees – one of several organisations involved in the mammoth task of moving purpose-built wooden dwellings from one area of the Jungle to another – pointing to one structure artfully insulated with duvets woven behind wooden walls. A pink Peppa Pig remained on the floor amid a scramble of toys.

“There were lots of women here. They were moved up towards the church.”

Through social media, HelpRefugees were able to call on more than 100 volunteers, many from the UK. Over the last week, people have sent pallets, sleeping bags and even vehicles, to be used to move the migrants safely from the buffer zone.

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