Updates from the Ground

Trench Foot

Imagine never getting a chance to actually dry your feet for days on end, then having to walk for hours each day in the same sodden footwear. This is the reality for a majority of the people we support. Over the past few weeks, almost every single one of our service and distribution sessions in Dunkirk has been accompanied by torrential rain. For the hours we are there we keep everybody covered using gazebos, however, once we leave people are once again exposed to the elements. Every day we set up and are greeted by men, women and children whose clothes, shoes and other personal items are completely saturated. Those with cheap or worn, second-hand trainers or boots often find them falling ap

Approaching Winter

As winter approaches and the temperatures plummet, with it come the long dark nights. Already as we begin to pack away after a days work the sun is beginning to set across the lake near the distribution point. Over these past weeks, the relentless rain has made conditions unbearable. With clothing and bedding constantly saturated, it becomes near impossible for anyone to find any comfort or respite. The French authorities continue to conduct regular ruthless clearances of discreet small camps in the early hours, often leaving people stood in the rain with the few possessions they can carry. Our teams are on-site each day providing the usual range of services and support. Our incredible volun

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