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REFUGEE INFO BUS UPDATE 22nd September 2016 (Help Refugees)

posted 22 Sep 2016, 17:12 by Chris Cox   [ updated 26 Sep 2016, 09:09 ]

The Refugee Info Bus team has recently negotiated access to the Jules Ferry 'Salaam' Centre in Calais. This centre provides hot showers, phone charging facilities and also accommodation for roughly 200 women and children.

Many women who have had to flee their country have experienced sexual violence. Talking about the reasons for leaving their countries or issues surrounding honour based violence or trafficking are essential in preparing women for what can be an incredibly traumatic legal battle to claim asylum, both in France and the UK. These issues must be spoken about in private. Furthermore, talking to families back home can be very personal and intimate. This can not be done when surrounded by 200 men who are also talking away on their phones or getting legal information. Therefore, the Refugee Info Bus have started women-only sessions on the bus every Monday and Friday so ladies can have the private space to talk to their family or talk about their asylum applications.


Photo credit - Indo Relief

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Destruction of the shantytown of Calais: a laundering operation: September 22nd 2016

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