Despite the near freezing temperatures (4 degrees) it’s all hands on deck in Calais today with huge progress being made for the relocation of approx 2000 people from the ‘100 metre buffer zone’ around the public highways that the Calais Sub-prefecture marked out on Monday. Working with Acted and Médicins San Frontièrs, teams of volunteers have cleared new ground to accommodate tents and shelters, have built over 40 new shelters, moved nearly all the caravans, and have overseen the relocation of more than 100 of the existing shelters. The refugee communities are mobilized and continue to come up with ingenious methods to carry their shelters from one area in the camp to another. Moving house has never been so literal! Tents have also been cleared with over 120 moved to new locations.
We aim to complete all the relocations and have everyone out of the ‘buffer zone’ by the end of this weekend. No official statement has been given for when the bulldozers will begin to clear this area. We are optimistic that with everyone working together the transition can be managed smoothly.
The following photos are of the moving work from over the past 24 hours.
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