EVICTIONS DAY 3: 26th October 2016
Post date: 26-Oct-2016 07:38:40
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
300 unaccompanied minors have not been registered and there is no room in the containers.
The grass roots organisations are doing all they can to take care of them at this time (NB not the governments).
Sofinee at Kitchen in Calais has offered to set up and feed them tonight and tomorrow. She urgently needs FUNDS in order to do this. Please please help if you can.
You can donate here.
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
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
Unregistered children still in the Calais camp were left in unacceptable danger last night as fire broke out. Some structures such as Baloos Youth Centre, the Women and Children's bus donated by Juliet Stevenson, and the Belgian kitchen were destroyed, as well as shops and restaurants, but apart from one 17 year old taken to hospital there appear to have been no injuries.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.
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.