By Sally Johnson
The Calais refugee camp, also nicknamed the “Calais Jungle” is home to over 3000 people. These people are often trying to get across the Channel via boat or the Euro tunnel as they believe that moving to the UK will allow them to have a better way of life and many already speak English or have relatives in the country.
Although the camp only came to light in the news recently, it began in 1999 and makeshift encampments have been popping up here for years next to the port. Many of the people living here have been displaced from Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa as a result of war.
The camp today is based around the Jules Ferry Day centre, opened in 2015. The centre provides services such as showers, one hot meal a day, housing for women and children, toilets and phone charging.
This year the NHS is collecting canned food to donate to Calais. With more and more people fleeing Northern African countries and an increasing population in Calais aid services are running out of food. This is why the NHS has decided to help, but we cannot do it alone. We need as many cans as possible to be donated between the 7th and 11th of November. The cans cannot contain pork products and must have a ring pull top. Examples of suitable foods are beans, lentils, vegetables, fruits and tuna. Please join in to help the refugees of Calais. Every can helps!
Image Source: https://www.theguardian.com/media/ng-interactive/2015/aug/10/migrant-life-in-calais-jungle-refugee-camp-a-photo-essay
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