Situation Report: Calais, February
We would like to express our deepest thanks to all of you who have reached out to us over these last few days. Although we will always continue to operate regardless of any hostilities, we do our utmost to ensure the safety of our volunteers at all times.
The clashes and tragic occurrences of the past week are a direct result of the testing, inhumane conditions in which these displaced young people are being forced to live. Constant, brutal and ruthless treatment from the police and authorities then feeds the frustration that is already felt, creating tense situations that can quickly spiral out of control.
These frays are not representative of the vast majority of those affected by them, with most wishing to remain uninvolved in any ongoing conflict. However, without the security or infrastructure an official settlement might provide, or any kind of legal status, involvement becomes difficult to avoid.
As our fellow organisations have stated, we also denounce these absurd claims from Calais's mayor, Natacha Bouchard. These types of claims are nothing more than negligent individuals and governments looking for a scapegoat.
Thank you all for your continued support.