Update from the Calais camp for Wednesday 13th Jan

Today’s update on the work of the Help Refugees team in Calais – 

So proud of our team today who got 33 shelters into the newly prepared camp areas. Mostly new builds but also relocation of existing shelters. Novel methods for moving house included physically lifting and walking the shelter to a new location, as well as cramming them into the beds of pick up trucks (see photos below). Our priority has been to help families and women to move first and then to ensure they have enough trusted friends around them to create a community that can look out for one another.

Tomorrow diggers are coming to level the scrubland and we have a relocation team raring to go with the challenge to move the remaining families, the caravans and as many existing shelters as possible.

The team are doing the most incredible job, keeping calm, reassuring any refugees with worries or concerns, putting community needs first and maintaining a focus on creating a smooth efficient transition for everyone concerned.

Calais Camp update 13th Jan - moving shelters (1)

Calais Camp update 13th Jan - moving shelters (2)

Calais Camp update 13th Jan - moving shelters (3)

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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