What has gone on since the last newsletter?
In spite of public perception, the refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk are once again swelling in numbers. After the demolition of parts of the camps in February and March, there are now 50 to a 100 people arriving daily. The graph below will show this trend:
Further interesting figures emerge when looking at the demographics. If one thing, we are confronted with an ongoing crisis, which continues to remain unaddressed by the authorities. Like in the past, it is up to individuals and organisations to make a difference and provide basic humanitarian conditions for these people arriving in the camps. Of course, the persisting plight of the children remains something of special concern. Our efforts will focus particularly on this group.
JCRAG’s approach remains two-fold:
- We will continue to deliver emergency aid, addressing some of the most urgent needs highlighted by volunteers on the ground, with a special focus on the children of Calais. Most of the funds will be directed towards that end.
We have been on at least one aid-trip every month in 2016 to help out in the warehouse and to contribute to the efforts of Help Refugees and l’Auberge des Migrants.
We are always looking for people to join us on these trips, so do come forward to volunteer!