6.55pm: Liz Clegg
6.45pm: Help Refugees
6.15: Refugee Info Bus
5.15: Refugee Info Bus
3.25pm: Help Refugees
3.00pm: Calais Action
2.45pm: Refugee Info Bus
1.50pm: Help Refugees
1.45pm: Refugee Info Bus via Help Refugees
12.45pm: Refugee Info Bus
12.05pm: Liz Clegg
11.50am: Liz Clegg
10.50am: Refugee Info Bus
10.40am: Refugee Info Bus
9.30am: via Liz Clegg
8.55am: UNACCOMPANIED MINORS AT RISK OF ARREST - via Liz Clegg
8.18am - Refugee Info Bus
8.00am: Calais Action
7.50am: Help Refugees
9.50: CALAIS ACTION SUMMARY OF DAY 3
9.00pm: UPDATE FROM LIZ CLEGG
8.30pm: POSTS BY LIZ CLEGG
7.25pm: MESSAGE FROM HELP REFUGEES
6.30pm - Liz Clegg of the Unofficial Women and Children's Centre
Refugee Info Bus SUMMARY OF TODAY
Last night, large fires burned down a large number of restaurants, shops, shelters and tents inside the camp, as well as volunteer-run projects such as the Women and Children's Bus, Baloo's Youth Centre and the Hummingbird Safe Space. Fires continued throughout the day, and many remaining residents were evacuated by police and prevented from entering the Jungle for much of the afternoon while fire crews attended. They returned around 4pm.
A number of minors not yet registered for the container camp slept under a bridge on the Jungle's perimeter last night. Registrations began again in the morning but were stopped around lunchtime. The container camp is reportedly full, and various NGOs, agencies and volunteers are now searching for a solution to house the approx. 100 minors not under state protection who are still without a 'safe' place to sleep tonight.
Those children housed in the containers are nevertheless surrounded by the camp and affected by smoke from fires, as well as having to witness the destruction and violence around them.
Around noon, Fabienne Buccio, regional prefect, told the Associated Press news agency that 'operations to clear the camp had been completed', and that there were 'no more migrants in the camp'. However, numerous NGOs and our own volunteers report that this is untrue. At least 50% of shelters and tents in the Jungle are still standing, and there are many residents still there this evening.
Authorities have said there will be no more buses to CAOs (accommodation centres) tomorrow, and that the last buses today will leave by around 8pm. If true, this is concerning, as many people remain in camp.
For all our friends who have taken buses to accommodation centres today, we hope you have a safe journey and are welcomed as warmly into your new communities as you welcomed us into yours
4.50pm - Caroline Gregory
4.15pm - Posted by Jungle News
3.00pm: 300 UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN NOT YET REGISTERED AND CONTAINER DORMITORIES ARE FULL - Megan Stuart
2.30PM - BBC REPORT INCORRECT! - Refugee Info Bus
1.30pm: Refugee Info Bus
1.00pm: MESSAGES FROM HELP REFUGEES
2.00pm: DIFFICULT MORNING - Caroline Gregory
12.10pm: CAROLINE GREGORY REPORTS LIVE FROM A SMOKING JUNGLE
11.55am: CHILDREN SENT BACK TO BLAZING JUNGLE - Refugee info Bus
11.30 - via Ifty Patel
Latest...had to get some fresh air.also too many gas bottle explosions..5 fires...many refugees leaving...
11.15: MEET THE CAMP RESIDENT SUPPORTING OTHERS - Refugee Info Bus
11.10am: Caroline Gregory Reports.
11.05am: SADNESS THIS MORNING - The Worldwide Tribe
11.00am - WOMEN PROTESTING FOR THE SECOND DAY - Refugee Info Bus
11.00am - REPORT FROM HELP REFUGEES
10.30AM - CAROLINE GREGORY REPORTING LIVE
9.00am: AND THE LOOTING BEGINS! Via Caroline Gregory
8.50am: UPDATE FROM HELP REFUGEES
8.40am: FOOTAGE FROM CAMP - VIA CALAIS ACTION
8.00am: STATEMENT FROM CALAIS ACTION FOLLOWING OVERNIGHT FIRES IN THE CAMP
Unbelievably, it's reported that at least 40 children were still sleeping rough in the camp at the time after registrations over the past two days were halted, recommenced, then halted again. Some slept in the large makeshift mosque and some were escorted to the container camp for safety. Volunteers on the ground handed out food and sleeping bags to more young people sleeping in camp or around the perimeter whose shelters had already been demolished.
The Dubs Amendment was passed back in MAY. The UK and French authorities have anticipated this demolition for MONTHS. It is UNACCEPTABLE to leave young people in such danger. The should have been identified, registered and transferred LONG before any demolition of the main camp commenced.
Demolition commenced yesterday with a team of manual workers and a couple of small diggers. Outside there was a peaceful protest on behalf of the women of the camp - who live in constant threat of danger - asking that they be allowed to come to the UK.
Over the last two days, around 4,000 people have left the camp. This morning, people have been queueing at the warehouse since 2am today to escape the fires and be first in line for registration today.
WE CALL UPON THE UK GOVERNMENT AND FRENCH AUTHORITIES TO IMMEDIATELY, AS A MATTER OF PRIORITY, IDENTIFY AND REMOVE ALL REMAINING UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN IN THE CAMP TODAY.
If you can do ONE THING today please contact your MP, Amber Rudd and Theresa May via http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/
Photo credit: Refugee Info Bus and The Unofficial Women and Children's Centre, Calais.
7.30am: UNACCOMPANIED MINORS being taken to register this morning - By Refugee Info Bus
Good to see the well-organised queue management.
7.45am: UPDATE FROM REFUGEE INFO BUS
20 children who couldn't register yesterday were sleeping in some of the community mosques as large fires broke out around the camp. 8 young people with nowhere else to go slept under a blanket just outside the perimeter.
After several hours, police escorted 16 unregistered children to the containers to sleep in safety.
French fire services were initially slow to arrive but eventually responded to the fires well - only one person was injured. Most shops and restaurants have burned down.
People gathered from 2am with their belongings on the road between the Jungle and the registration warehouse, wanting to escape fires and be first in line for the buses this morning.
No police violence or confrontation was witnessed.
The organisation Salaam is managing the registration queue for minors well this morning.
7.30am - UPDATE FROM REFUGEE COMMUNITY KITCHEN (RCK)
Today has not started so well. Over night we were updated on various fires in the camp. Some of the infastructure has been burnt down.
RCK + Calais Kitchens teams were in the camp at 4am to assess the situation and to take hot drinks to those affected by these night fires. Unable to say how they started but we think its a sign of the place coming to an end and people feeling they have nothing lose.
We will be in there with food all day today as we adapt our day to day operations to suit the new needs.
We will be focusing around the queuing system for registration as people were queuing for up to 6 hours yesterday with no food or water.
THE PROBLEMS, POWER and DANGERS of the WORLD'S MEDIA REPRESENTATION of the CALAIS CAMP - BY CAROLINE GREGORY
6.30pm: SUMMARY OF DAY 2 OF JUNGLE EVICTION - Refugee Info Bus
More adults were registered and transported on coaches to CAOs (Accomodation Centres) around France. Later in the afternoon, no queues remained for adult registration.
Registration for children was stopped during the afternoon, with minors not yet registered told to return tomorrow. Entry to the queue for children's registration was allowed on the basis of a two-second visual check by French authorities.
Women from multiple countries staged a protest appealing to the UK to consider their situation and provide a safe place for displaced women.
A small team contracted by French authorities began dismantling structures and shelters at 3:05pm, by hand and with two small diggers. We expect this will continue tomorrow.
There was a large police presence in camp throughout the day, with a water cannon brought in during the afternoon, but we have not witnessed any major confrontations between police and residents.
Our main concerns today are around the registration of minors, many of whom will have to spend another night in the Jungle, risking violence, fires and other dangers.
FOOTAGE SHOT IN THE CAMP TODAY - Posted by The Worldwide Tribe
What do you do when you have nothing left?
Forced from their homes by the Taliban, ISIS, bombing, desperation and fear.
Forced from their homes again by the French Authorities, governments and riot police…
But still they dance.
What could be more beautiful, more resilient, more defiant and strong and courageous and heroic than that?
4.00pm: The Worldwide Tribe
2.00 pm: DEMONSTRATION BY WOMEN REFUGEES WHO WANT TO GO TO ENGLAND. Click link for video footage.
10.00am: U13's ON THEIR WAY TO THE UK - posted by Help Refugees
We are DELIGHTED to inform you the first under 13's who qualify for the Alf Dubs amendment are on the bus to safety in the UK. #dubsnow#refugeeswelcome
8.20am - posted by Caroline Gregory
UPDATE ON THE FIRST DAY OF CALAIS EVICTIONS - Help Refugees
KEVIN CATKINS - Save The Children
'It is extremely welcome to see vulnerable children who have been trapped in Calais reaching safe haven in the UK over the last week. But, as night falls in Calais tonight, we are deeply concerned for the fate of hundreds of children who remain and who do not know where they will sleep tonight and have no information on what tomorrow will bring.
It is unacceptable that the French operation to demolish the camp, which has been planned for weeks, now risks putting vulnerable children at greater risk.'
LIST OF YOUNGEST UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN
Today, Help Refugees and The Unofficial Women and Children's Centre sent a list of 49 children under the age of 13 who would qualify to be brought to safety in the UK under the Lord Alf Dubs Amendment (from our census data) to Labour MP Stella Creasy.
STELLA CREASY told the Home Secretary that children on the list were not able to register at the warehouse and were still being ignored and that three of them are under the age of 11
She offered to share the details with Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, and asked for assurances that children will not be put in detention centres.
Home Secretary AMBER RUDD responded:
“We are making sure children are looked after in a proper way that you would expect from a compassionate nation,”
She said the UK Home Office has 36 staff-members on the ground, trying to find the youngest children, and was surprised at Stella Creasy’s information.
‘There is no ‘them and us’ feeling on the ground; we all have the same aims, we want to get the youngest children out, there is nothing but good will and good intent on this side.’ she stated.
Former Shadow Home Secretary, YVETTE COOPER citing Help Refugees, voiced concern about the risk of trafficking and the disappearance of children.
She asked for the French government to ensure children, especially girls and young women, have appropriate social workers and youth volunteers to look after them in the container camps.
Rudd said the French government has pledged to maintain a secure area of the camp for children and minors - w.
We hope she comes through on her promises tomorrow.
So, day 1 done: Rachel Mantell
Thank you so much to everyone who donated suitcases and rucksacks over the last few weeks- every time I have seen a photo of a refugee with all their belongings in a bag next to them I have smiled a little sadly. It's a small thing... But it's something we managed to do together.
Refugee Info Bus have done an amazing job today- even providing leaflets to the authorities, who had forgotten to get them translated!
Salvage has started- jungle books has been dismantled for example. The aim is to recover what can be reused.... As far as the CRS allow it.
10.31: Refugee Info Bus:
10.25: Refugee Info Bus:
9.25: From Grainne Hasset;
State of Emergency powers now invoked in jungle by French State- all non authorized persons now liable to up to €7500 fine. Vols be aware. Also expulsion from France.
Lawyers just refused entry.
NEED A REMINDER WHY SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DETERMINED TO HELP THE REFUGEES IN CALAIS? LISTEN TO THIS BROADCAST!: October 23rd 2016
'The Hungry Road' is a series of interviews with people in the camp from April - July 2016 - who they are, why they're there and what life is like in their precarious situations. None of their names are used as it could jeopardise their asylum cases or bring repercussions from the police or fascist groups in the area.
There are also interviews with people working in the camp or working on justice/migration rights.
The title is a reference to the Irish Famine when so many millions of Irish people were forced by an aggressive colonial system to become economic migrants. Military oppression, land theft, famine and coffin ships - there but for the grace of god goes any nation.
Some of the language, policy and ideas around the time of the 1846 famine have similarities to how those seeking refuge are now treated. How they must prove their worth as a refugee or must be economically viable - and suffer so much before they are given sanctuary. ‘Every system of poor relief must contain a penal and repulsive element, in order to prevent its leading to the disorganisation of society. If the system is such as to be agreeable either to those who relieve or to those who are relieved, and still more if it is agreeable to both, all test of destitution must be at an end.’ (Sir Charles Trevelyan)
Trevelyan would be proud of the way Europe has focused on strengthening borders rather than allowing safe passage. And how the language around this process has become normalised. The deserving poor building stone walls into nowhere.
If there’s one thing history has proven, it’s that we rarely learn anything from it.
Thanks to all my brothers and sisters in Calais who shared their stories with me - and to all those who didn’t, full respect to your right to silence and to not have to talk to yet another western journalist.
Music by Calais Field Recordings
Mastered by Kieran Hurley
Over the next week (the week of the evictions and demolition of the camp)
The prefecture have informed NGOs that the total eviction of the Jungle will start on Monday 24th October.
In camp, there is an atmosphere of fear, resignation and frustration at not knowing what will happen. The government is promising the world in quiet conversations with communities in the camp, yet they refuse to put these promises into writing. People are very fearful about who and what to trust.
For the many people who have claimed asylum in France and have been waiting for accommodation, there is relief.
The police are clamping down harsher than ever on people trying to cross to England. Many of our friends who have been arrested have been sent straight to detention centres. Just yesterday, we saw two refugees being arrested on the side of the road by 5 police officers. It is getting very dangerous for people to leave the “Jungle.”
The official policy of Dunkirk camp, is to send people to Calais.
Hotels, camping sites and hostels have been told that they must provide the passport details to the local prefecture of all guests. They have stated that they will not tolerate anyone providing accommodation to “activists” or “migrants.”
The full force of the law is being inflicted on the refugees as the authorities set out to remove the more visible face of this refugee crisis from the Calais landscape.
In these uncertain times, we stand in solidarity with all residents of the#calaisjungle over the coming days. We hope for a peaceful & humanitarian solution for those still stuck here, whether their onward journey will lead to France or the UK.
We can confirm that the eviction of the Calais camp will begin on Monday - Help Refugees
The authorities have devised a system for registering camp residents according to their status, taking into consideration minors, family units, and people with vulnerabilities not covered by either of these categories (medical conditions etc). They have informed the associations that 60 buses, going to accommodation centres across France (called CAOs) will be provided on Monday (3000 people), 45 on Tuesday (2400 people) and 40 on Wednesday (2000 people). If more buses are needed on subsequent days they say this can be arranged.
In addition to all those currently residing in the unofficial Calais camp, residents of the government-run container camp will also be required to leave and go to accommodation centres. As a temporary measure, the containers will be used as a processing centre for unaccompanied minors. The unaccompanied minors will be housed there and processed by French and/or British authorities. We are encouraged by this news as the children will be accommodated while the British authorities take the time to expedite the Dubs amendment, which should bring many of the most vulnerable children, including girls and children as young as 10, to safety in the UK.
The French authorities have confirmed that a group of 40 people will arrive on Tuesday to begin manually dismantling the 'Jungle' camp. They say there will be no bulldozers on Tuesday. They hope the process will be complete within a week.
Representatives from our team on the ground have met with community spokespeople to share all of this information to them so that they can disseminate it within their communities. Our teams will also spend the weekend distributing this information, aiming to ensure everyone knows what the process will be for the week ahead.
We are concerned about the logistical challenge of so many people being registered and departing each day. We understand that no transport to the warehouse where registration will be carried out is going to be provided for those who are physically unable to walk a significant distance. This is another concern. Highly vulnerable people will be required to queue to register alongside everyone else in what might be an incredibly stressful, busy environment, with many highly anxious about their future and that of their friends and family. In addition the container camp is deemed, by those working with young people in the camp, to not be adapted to the needs of children at this difficult time.
The camp will be closed to most during the clearing period. Large aid agencies operational in the camp are permitted to continue to operate and we will have a small core team present. Our team will be there to assist and support as people depart, if required.
In the meantime we continue with large-scale targeted distribution within the camp, particularly focusing on areas which have been flagged up as being severely lacking in many of the essentials such as shoes, warm clothes and Winter jackets. We would like to ensure that as many people as possible have these items before leaving next week. We are also carrying out mass door to door distribution of backpacks containing a bin bag, a ziplock bag and a
rain poncho to ensure that people have somewhere secure to keep their valuables as well as a way to protect themselves and their possessions from possible inclement weather during the moving process.
The aim is to provide a backpack or suitcase to every single camp resident and the team are on-track to achieve this, thanks to the generous donations of the British public.
Le Grand Départ dans les CAO et 15 000 cartes: L'Auberge Des Migrants
- Il commencera Lundi avec beaucoup de bus, et encore plus de bus Mardi jusqu'à la fin de la semaine si nécessaire. Un grand périmètre autour de la jungle sera bouclée, n'y seront admis que ceux qui ont déjà un badge (130 Bénévoles de l'Auberge, et d'autres associations sans aucundoute)
- Le 'nettoyage' du bidonville (ah bon, détruire c'est nettoyer??) commencera dès Mardi.
- Ceux qui ne veulent pas partir en bus sont libres de partir 'ailleurs' .... mais évidemment, ils seront arrêtés et envoyés en centre de rétention s'ils sont 'trouvés'...
- Pour ceux qui partent en CAO, une petite carte double-face très importante se ballade depuis une semaine sur la jungle en 10 000 exemplaires. Cette carte dit simplement en 4 langues:
Nous continuerons aussi à nourrir, vêtir et abriter les exilés qui ne manqueront pas de continuer à arriver ou de revenir sur Calais, dès que les choses seront un peu calmées... C'est le retour à l'après Sangatte...on a l'habitude...
Nous ne sommes pas prêts de fermer l'entrepôt, non, d'autant plus que les collectifs de soutien parisiens nous appellent au secours pour avoir des tentes, la police détruisant tout quand elle fait ses rafles quasi-quotidiennes...à Paris, des familles passent des nuits sous la pluie sans même une bâche pour les protéger...C'est beau, la France!