It has been a turbulent few weeks for the displaced people living in the Dunkirk area.
Moments of relative peace, followed by days of intense unbearable heat, quickly followed by yet another huge police operation.
Last week we were joined by the incredible team at Rode RAGE. After many years in planning this group finally made their way to the north of France where they contributed towards both our daily duties and services on site, and the never ending list of tasks in our warehouse. They arrived with a wonderful energy and showed how much impact a team of motivated individuals can have!
The beginning of this week saw some of the hottest days ever recorded in both France and the UK making conditions for those living rough truly unbearable. This put huge amounts of pressure on our already stretched team and the other associations operating in the area. Our incredible volunteers took extra water and provisions on-site and remained on high alert ready to respond to any emergencies.
Yesterday morning the community was woken up to the all too familiar site of the French authorities descending upon the camp. Within hours over one hundred tents had been forcibly removed and destroyed, and along with them vast amounts of sleeping bags and peoples personal possessions.
Soon after the departure of the police our team arrived on-site to replace what was taken and ensure no one was forced to spend the night without shelter.
This cycle of evictions and destruction is truly unique to camps in northern France and one that we fully denounce.
We are currently recruiting volunteers for the coming months. If you are passionate about working with people and would like to be part of this inspiring team please don’t hesitate to get in contact to find out more.
Thank you as always for your continued support.