United We Stand

Photo by Nils O'Hara

Photo by Nils O’Hara

It makes me sad that since the last time we were in the camp, just last week, these tents have been bulldozed by French police.

Apparently people weren’t even given the chance to collect the little they have, their papers or any belongings, before their only homes were pretty brutally destroyed.

The camp is not an official refugee camp recognised by the authorities and is only ‘tolerated’ (sometimes). This means the situation is very transient and impermanent, making it impossible to build much of a life.

Again, the resilience of people and community spirit comes forth in such situations, bringing people together to deal with the constant obstacles they are faced with, with dignity and unity.