Kindness And Community

Nils is back from a few days in the camp and he always finds humour in even the least funny of situations…

He got there last Thursday, when tensions were high and the future of the camp uncertain. Volunteers and refugees alike were deep in the process of clearing a big area of the camp due to be bulldozed by authorities at any moment. A huge joint effort was underway to re-house the thousands of men, women and children who’s only home and possessions were at risk.

The camp was busy and the boys got to work.

At the end of a long day they walked back to the car to get their stuff. It was parked in the camp, in the ‘buffer zone’ – the area due to be completely cleared, with bulldozers, imminently.

Nils dug around in his pockets as they stood around the car shivering in the freezing wind, he soon realized…

He had lost his keys…

Now the Jungle is a place where you could lose a person, and never find them again. The realization left them with little hope as they had spent the entire day in all areas of the camp, wading through mud, with no idea where they last had them…

They attempted to retrace their steps, to try and look, but the dark and the sheer expanse of ground meant they pretty soon gave up.

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Plan B…

Nils found a coathanger hanging in the doorway of a shelter and began to try his best to break in to his own car, to no avail. He soon drew a crowd though, and the ever helpful and resourceful inhabitants of the camp tried their best to come up with ideas. Eventually, the lock of the little (older than me) Polo gave way and they retrieved their stuff from it, leaving it unlocked as they went off to sleep.

For three days they left the car, unlocked, in the middle of the camp, wondering if at any point it would be bulldozed, until Sunday morning, when they walked past it and saw a message in the dirt on the window…

‘WE HAVE YOUR KEYS. COME TO SHOP!’

Over the moon, Nils started knocking on the entrances of the closest shops (there are a lot!) Still early, the camp was sleepy, but he soon bumped into a friendly Afghan guy who knew what he was looking for and brought him to his friend who proudly handed over the keys.

Nils, SO GRATEFUL, tried to give the guys some money, but they refused.

A complete testament to humanity, kindness and community, I bloody loved hearing this story. heart emoticon

Photos by www.finlayohara.com

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