This week we were once again faced with a large-scale eviction in which the police destroyed tents and confiscated belongings of those residing in the area. While families and children were ushered onto buses and taken to temporary accommodation centres where they may stay for up to one month, everybody else was offered no such solution and were simply forced to leave the immediate vicinity.
For the past few months, the displaced people living in the area have been taking shelter and pitching their tents in the various abandoned warehouses upon the land that once belonged to the official La Linière refugee camp three years ago.
By the evening, once the police had departed, the population of 300-400 once again returned to these warehouses, only now lacking the equipment and hardware that had made the previous nights more bearable. Some people were even driven to burn what little they had in order to stay warm in these low winter temperatures.
In collaboration with Solidarity Border, we immediately began to work around the clock to replace the equipment and items that were taken during this eviction. Without the continued efforts of the organisations working in this area, most people would have been left with nothing.
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