Supporting Refugees in Calais and Dunkirk

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Update posted by Samantha Walker On Feb 17, 2016

Thank you for donating to this campaign. I was put in contact with Leon from Calais Kitchens who helped me purchase the cooking oil direct from the supplier and who will send it direct to the camp. It will arrive on Thursday 18 February. Leon will try to send me photos of the delivery and I will post them. I attach the invoice. As you can see, it is good news because there is money left over. I remain in contact with the co-ordinators at the camp and they will let me know what else they need. I will post an update to let you know.

In the meantime, I have posted my reflections on my visit to the camps on Facebook. I went with my son, Rory (6 yrs) and my step-mother-in law, Brenda. These are my reflections:

I have been trying to work out how

best to describe my experiences in the refugee camp in

Calais and Dunkirk. We were in Calais camp from 10am to 1pm

and then in Dunkirk camp from 3pm to 5pm yesterday Tuesday

16 February. We got home last night and the first thing I

did was burst into tears. There is so much to process and I

feel I need a period of reflection to do justice to the

people that I met. My initial impressions of the people

living in these camps:

Resilience: People of immense resilience who are the

survivors and the winners who have travelled thousands of

miles to make it to the shores of northern France.

Generosity:People who have nothing but are prepared to share

what they have. The man who shook Rory's hand and gave him

two lollipops.

Loving: The man who sat with Rory on his knee while he had

an English lesson and kissed him goodbye when we left, as he

remembered his own children he has left behind when he fled

from the Taliban.

Enterprising: People who have pooled their finances to start

a business in the camps, a cafe, a shop, a barbers.

Skilled: the Sudanese builders who help the other refugees

to build the shelters.

Professional: the former head of public health in Sudan who

helped contain the measles outbreak in the camp at Christmas

time. The architect, the accountant, the policeman I spoke

to.

These talented, dignified, humble people are currently

wasting their lives and their skills waiting to reach their

final destination. Waiting for the UK government to start

complying with their responsibilities under international

law. Waiting for the UK public to realise that these are

human beings with so much to offer our country. Waiting for

their lives to start again.

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Brilliant that you're doing this, I hope you find signs of hope in the camp xx

Rose Peake

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Anonymous

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All the very best to you. Wishing you a safe journey.

Joanna Connor

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Good luck Sam and good on you xxxxx

Anne Smith

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Great idea! Best of luck and safe journey. Sinéad and Paul

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Anonymous

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Well done Sam - great cause. xxx

Jo Saul

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