Calais camp flooded during heavy rains

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via Refugee Info Bus: Wind and rain in the Calais refugee camp. These small weekend camping tents are not good enough for a human to live in. The “jungle” is half dumping ground and half sand dunes. The natural water level is only one or two feet below ground level. So every time there is a hard down pour, homes, bedding and possessions get flooded.

With rain predicted for the next week, there is nowhere to dry off. Overcrowding is so bad that most in the flooded areas have nowhere else to move to. The Refugee Crisis in Europe is a political problem but on a day like today, we only see the humanitarian disaster.

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Editor’s note: I disagree it can be seen as an humanitarian disaster: the authors of this disaster are the politicians who forced people to live here, instead of providing them with proper accommodation, and now are threatening to destroy the ‘jungle’ – that is not even a jungle, jungles were autonomous self-organized places on ground chosen and squatted by the migrants not by chosen by the government, this is a dumping ground for people. The associations, Medicins Sans Frontieres for the first, said it for the beginning: this place is not suitable to host a camp, because it gets flooded due to layers of clay under the sand.

NOW THERE ARE OVER 10.000 INNOCENT MEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN CRAMMED THERE, AMASSED IN THE NORTH SIDE AFTER THE EVICTION OF THE SOUTH SIDE, THAT IS LESS THAN 1/3 OF THE ORIGINAL SIZE OF THE CAMP, AND THE MOST VULNERABLE TO FLOODING; IN TOTALLY OVERCROWDED SITUATIONS, AND NEW PEOPLE KEEP ARRIVING, UP TO 100 PER DAY! And the authorities are stopping volunteers from bringing materials for building shelters into the camp, thus people are condemned to live in tents.

We urgently need humanitarian aid, but most of all we need political solutions, opening the border(s) and decent housing for all!!!

 

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