If you want to know why the volunteer aid workers in the Calais ‘Jungle’ make such a difference, how they connect with the vulnerable refugees, including the 450+ children and why we are fighting in the French courts for the authorities to put proper systems in place for the unaccompanied minors, you only have to watch this incredibly moving letter read by Liz Clegg from the Women’s and Children’s Centre to one of the kids in her charge at the Letters of Note event at Good Chance Calais on Sunday.
Full text of letter below – but please watch the video to truly understand why we must do more for the children. We have a moral duty to help.
You can sign our open letter asking David Cameron to intervene here: https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/refugees-calais-open-letter
You can donate to support Liz in her incredible work here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/junglewomenscentre
I’ve packed another bag for you tonight. I’ve managed a really good sleeping bag this time, it’s cold. I remembered the bin bags. Please use them – it will help keep you a bit dryer. There’s two pairs of socks and torch in the side pocket. I’ve put in some snacks and five euros. Please don’t lose your phone again.
Jamil, I’m scared. I’m scared I’m going to lose you. The forms they’ve given me don’t have a box for you, and no one’s prepared to change this. You have to clever in this game Jamil, you have to talk the talk, understand complex law. They don’t want to hear about our lives, our daily routine of keep you dry and fed and out of trouble. They’re not interested in the nightly ritual of watching you leave, ‘to try’ get to the UK, let alone acknowledge the panic I feel because I may never know what came of you. Or worse still you join the growing list of those who died trying.
Jamil, I beg you please listen to me – don’t get into the refrigerated lorries, wait for something safer. Massoud was older, he still died. I can’t promise to solve this, but I’m trying.
Jamil – I love you dearly, never finished, and I will fight to the bitter end to keep you safe.
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.
Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!