Calais

You Deserve This

Sometimes amongst the clouds comes a ray of sunshine. Awad has always been that for me, and many others too. We met in the…

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What Happens Now?

THE CALAIS JUNGLE: SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW? Everyone keeps asking me the same thing..so where is everyone going? Well…that’s a bloody great question… This…

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Still They Dance

What do you do when you have nothing left? Forced from their homes by the Taliban, ISIS, bombing, desperation and fear. Forced from their…

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Fire

I’m so sad this morning. Fire swept across the Jungle last night and took so many of the incredible places and shelters, shops and…

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It Is Happening

What a rollercoaster of a few days. Firstly we got the confirmation that evictions of the entire Calais Jungle will begin tomorrow. It’s difficult…

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No One Knows What To Do

Yesterday I watched as the French police walked through the Calais Jungle, systematically nailing eviction notices to the door of every shop and restaurant….

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Wild Washerwomen

Meet the two amazing volunteers we call the Wild Washerwomen! These two gals headed out to the Calais Jungle a couple of months ago…

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The Future Of The Jungle

THE FUTURE OF THE JUNGLE My brain is constantly struggling with so much information…so many questions, so many rumours… The latest update…that the Calais…

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Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha. The Festival of Sacrifice. The second of two Muslim holidays that happen every year, Eid al-Adha honours the sacrifice that Abraham was…

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I Agree With You

To the truck drivers protesting against there being a refugee camp in Calais…I AGREE WITH YOU…. There SHOULDN’T be a camp on the border…

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Operation Escargot

Today, lorry drivers begin their protest against the existence of the Calais Jungle refugee camp with ‘operation escargot’: a snail-paced drive along the motorway,…

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Azadî

This is Azadî. He’s a 20-year-old Kurd and a bloody good goalie who lives in the camp in Grand Synthe. He’s currently busy training…

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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…

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Children Need Your Help

URGENT: The unaccompanied children living in Calais need help!!!!! On Wednesday 4th August, the restaurants in the Calais Jungle were served an eviction notice….

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Football

We’re planning a really exciting one-day football tournament on the 10th September in Dunkirk, uniting people from all over the world, through the power…

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Ramadan

Ramadan in a refugee camp. Ramadan is the most important time of the year for Muslims. It’s the ninth month of the Islamic calendar,…

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Sikander

Meet Sikander. He’s a very special resident of the Calais Jungle. The first time I met him was just under a year ago, in…

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Lilian’s Story

Diary of a first-time volunteer in The Jungle: “Back in March I spent a day in the Calais ‘Jungle’, a refugee camp in the…

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World Refugee Day

It’s World Refugee Day today. As we’ve been working to support refugees every single day for nearly a year now…we felt like we should…

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Jangala

OFFICIAL RELEASE of our documentary Jāṅgala! Over the last 10 months we have been trying to answer some of the questions that first brought…

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My Brother

I want to tell you about someone very special to me. My Sudanese brother who happens to be trying to live in a refugee…

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Fire In Calais

There’s been a fire in Calais…. I get the worst feeling when I hear news like this…panic, guilt, ultimate despair at the injustice of…

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“I Need Halp”

When the amazing Liz Clegg saved the life of a 7-year-old boy… Liz runs the unofficial Women and Children’s centre in The Jungle camp…

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At The UN

Yesterday I gave a speech at the UN headquarters in New York. It was part of a conference about identity and the issues around…

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Calais Needs You

CALAIS NEEDS YOU! The Help Refugees / L’auberge des migrants international warehouse is in desperate need of volunteers. Could that be you? If you…

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The Aftermath

Nine months ago I naively visited the Jungle in Calais for the first time, with no idea what to expect… I was overwhelmed with…

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Silence

This post is hard for me to write. For 7 days now I have known about a horrible story unfolding in the camp in…

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Mamma Maya

It’s International Women’s Day today and I would like to tell you guys a story about Maya. Maya is my hero. The first and…

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We Will…

They can bulldoze, they can tear gas, they can bring out their water cannons… They can use force, be inhumane and cruel. They can…

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In Solidarity

JOINT STATEMENT FROM GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS WORKING IN CALAIS: In light of recent events in Calais and the very uncertain future of the Jungle…

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A Sad Day

It’s been a very sad day for humanity. Just this weekend, my lovely pal Alice walked happily past this caravan. The caravan of our…

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Grateful

Sometimes I hear volunteers talking about the fact that refugees are not always ‘grateful’ when receiving aid. This rubs me up the wrong way…

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Abdul

This is Abdul. He is a 15 year old child. His entire family, mum, dad and siblings were killed in a bombing in his…

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So Much To Give

For the last five months I’ve talked about and posted about nothing but refugees. I’ve thought about nothing else either. I’ve been totally, 100%…

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We’re Online!

Guys! Our wifi plan for the Jungle in Calais has gone CRAZY…the success of it quite unbelievable. I was panicking last week, before we…

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Black Friday

Black Friday… Sometimes I think about normal things in my life, and how I would explain them to an alien that had never been…

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Calais On Paris

Refugees in Calais on the terror attacks in Paris… We were back in the Jungle this weekend helping our friends by replacing some bits…

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Calais Burning

What a weekend. This is the aftermath of Friday nights fire in the camp. There was a lot of confusion as the world went…

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Peace In Paris

I slept very restlessly last night, devastated by what is happening in Paris. I know that in the aftermath of this horror, people will…

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World Kindness Day

It’s World Kindness Day today!! Kindness is one of the first things we learn when we’re little right? Being nice to each other, sharing…

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Fire! Fire!

As if the people living in the Jungle have not had enough obstacles to deal with along the way… As if the journey, the…

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Little Nahom

I’ve have another amazing time in the jungle this weekend. We went with a little production team and second camera man which was new…

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Who Is Richer?

Happiness comes from within. You can have a huge house, a fast car, a well-paid job, all the money in the world, but unless…

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A Day In The Life

A day in Calais’s refugee camp. Yesterday I went back to the camp after not being there for over a week…the longest period that…

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Broken Bones

We’re noticing more and more people with injuries in the Jungle. Broken legs, broken ankles, bandaged hands, and these are the people that we…

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Because They Might

Because They Might

Monday morning in the camp. Lots of people sleep in the morning because they’ve been awake all night making the long, treacherous journey to…

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Fire At Night

Fire At Night

This is a picture of me and who I call Mr Bean (he does the MOST hilarious impression of Mr Bean…I’ll try and get…

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Freedom

Freedom

Something I now realise I personally totally take for granted. Freedom of choice, to do what I want, when I want, to go wherever…

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Bikes For Days

Bikes For Days

The camp has recently seen a large donation of bikes from Holland. This is AMAZING because the location of the camp is very debilitating…

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Rays Of Sunshine

Rays Of Sunshine

Our pals in their new house after having to move due to last weeks heavy rain flooding their shelter. Still smiling though. Juma had…

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From You To Them

From You To Them

It’s the coolest thing when you experience the journey of a donated item from its original owner to its new owner first hand. These…

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Stories To Be Told

Stories To Be Told

I realised this morning that amongst all this craziness and shift of opinion in the media and amongst the general population (finally), we haven’t…

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BBC Inside Out

BBC Inside Out

Filming in my little ‘office’ for the BBC. We’re going to be on their ‘Inside Out’ programme about Calais on the 7th September!

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How Can I Help?

How Can I Help?

Another question I am asked all the time is ‘How can I help?!’ Well firstly…wow. I still can’t get over the insane response we’ve…

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Why England?

Why England?

Loads of people keep asking me the same question, ‘but why do these people want to come to England!?’ This was one of my…

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Going Viral!

Going Viral!

Wow…what a day. I went to bed last night, overwhelmed by 750 shares on my Facebook post about Calais, and right now my head…

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