The French Government are now bulldozing large parts of the refugee camp in Calais. Consequently, the need for tents has never been more urgent.
Our plan is to get some large sturdy tents with the option of wood burners in them there as soon as possible. In order to do this we need to raise money urgently to pay for lots of fire retardent, weather resistant canvas.
Lots of wood for the tents has already been sourced but money for canvas is needed RIGHT NOW so we can get started.
This project will be run by Wendy's Yurts, who have lots of experience and contacts for making suitable tents.
This is what someone who is volunteering at the camp had to say about the situation yesterday:
"Today has been bad.
Just when you think a situation can’t get any worse, we’ve been inundated with heartbreaking news about the future of the Calais Jungle.
We’re just trying to make sense of it all now...
In short, the ‘official’ camp opened today, and with it comes a plan to clear a huge part of the Jungle.
This is what we know:
The new, Government built camp which opened today, will provide ultimately basic accommodation for up to 1500 refugees. The camp is made up of containers, stacked on top of one another, filled with bunk beds.
We haven’t been inside, but 15 people per container is the number we have heard. There is little natural light, and from a video we have seen, looks like less space than a prison cell. We don’t know of any other facilities to cook or wash. A source on the ground tells us people will only be allowed access at night, and refugees will not be able to store any of their belongings in the units.
As far as we understand, the containers are only for those seeking asylum in France and can only be entered by scanning your hand. We imagine they will be difficult to fill as not only do they seem more basic that what the refugees have been able to create for themselves, they take away any last scraps of freedom.
It is estimated that now, given the ridiculously short timescale, organisations will only be able to support with the relocation of 1 in 10 of those people affected. That leaves 1,800 people, who may well be forced out of their ‘homes’ by bulldozers, with nothing."