CALAIS UPDATE

Our joy at winning the court case to save the shops and restaurants of the Calais Jungle has not lasted long…

It seemed too good to be true, and I guess we were right. Although the authorities lost their plan to bulldoze the ‘businesses’ it seems they will continue to raid them of any food and drink, stopping them from continuing to trade…

The most recent census of the camp revealed that there are 9,106 people now living there, the highest number recorded to date. 865 of these people are children, and 78% of these children are unaccompanied.

For the first time in a while (we heard it a lot when we started going to the camp), people are telling us they are hungry.

The camp is running out food.

The 36 shops and restaurants, on average, each serve as emergency accommodation for 4 newly arrived people during the night, totalling 252 places to stay every night.

30 people charge their phones in each one every day, totalling 2124 people who can keep in contact with their family on a daily basis.

12 free meals and food items are served daily in each restaurant – this totals 857, includes 200 free meals a day for unaccompanied minors in the Jungle Books Kids Café.

The restaurants and shops are a source of food, a space for the vulnerable, and a community space – somewhere that you could sit and talk over a cup of tea in a safe environment.

Forcibly removing this positive aspect of life in the camp at a time when the number of residents is increasing so rapidly means not everyone is even receiving one meal a day.

The Welcome Caravan was forced to close this week as they have run out of sleeping bags and tents. There are 500 new arrivals each week, about 70 a day. This forces people to sleep rough in a dangerous and inhumane environment.

No one wants to live in the camp in Calais.

The two things most needed are:

1. Food
2. Tents

To purchase goods online to be delivered straight to the Calais warehouse click here.

To donate to the Kids Cafe which provides food to the under 18’s of the camp click here.

To donate physical goods to Calais email: calaisdonations@gmail.com

Thank you to the amazing Help Refugees for your constant incredible work in the camp, and for providing this info <3

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