Anyone else been following the eviction of refugees in Calais over the last few days?
Almost 100 unaccompanied children were turned away from the registration warehouse yesterday afternoon (along with hundreds of adults) hours before the scheduled closing time, with no explanation, nowhere to go and no offer of any assistance. They were forced to sleep rough either beside the warehouse, in the remains of the camp or under a bridge, with only volunteers looking after them. Absolutely appalling that this situation could be allowed to happen.
Then this morning, no-one turned up to open the registration desks and the police started to arrest those without a registration wristband. Apparently anyone left in the area after 2pm today will be arrested, including children, despite little information and no help offered by the authorities. From what I heard, they were not planning to send any busses to pick up the remaining refugees either but thankfully that seems to have changed.
I just can’t understand how it’s got to this point, with such a criminal lack of organisation and compassion from the British and French governments. So upsetting that no-one in power seems to be doing anything about this at all.