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Calais: Catholic charity struggles to help stranded child refugees

Chlldren keep dry in plastic bags

While recent news has focussed on the UK government's decision to renege on their promise under the Dubs Amendment, to take 3,000 lone refugee children - volunteers in France are struggling to cope with hundreds of children - who've no longer even had the shelter of the 'Jungle' through this cold winter.

At the very end of January, the Calais Council registered a complaint agains...

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Campaigners urge Theresa May not to abandon lone child refugees + PETITION

image - Caritas Europa

Charities and groups working with unaccompanied child refugees have expressed grave concern after the government announced yesterday that it cancelled plans to bring 3,000 children to the UK. Phil Kerton, from Seeking Sanctuary, which works with Secours Catholique in Calais offering food, clothing and basic medical help to refugees, appealed for "individuals and faith groups to sp...

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CSAN voices grave concern over proposal to build border wall at Calais

The present barrier - image J Siedlecka

CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) has issued the following response to Government proposal to build a four metre high concrete border wall at Calais. 'CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) is deeply concerned by the proposal to build a wall near the Calais refugee camp. We recognise the right of states to secure their borders but we believe that investing more money in se...

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Calais: Secours Catholique opens new building to host asylum seekers

Corner of 'The Jungle'

After a "long struggle" Secours Catholique (Caritas France) have announced that they are now able to host asylum seekers in a new building within the town of Calais rather than in the impermanent 'Jungle' camp.

Vincent de Connick, manager of Secours Catholique in the Calais region, said: "For us, it's about having the ability to receive our migrant friends in a different setting, in town...

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Calais: Charities urge authorities to prioritise unaccompanied minors before Jungle evictions

The local government in Calais ruled for the eviction of the southern part of the Jungle refugee camp yesterday, Thursday 25 February, allowing the destruction of hundreds of tents that thousands temporarily call home. Dr Philip McCarthy, CEO of CSAN said: "no one wants to see the camp continue, however we need more time to assess the welfare of vulnerable unaccompanied minors and pu...

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CSAN and Secours Catholique joint statement on Calais refugee crisis

The refugee crisis that Europe is currently facing is unprecedented, and continues to unfold before our eyes. For every day the continent's political leaders hesitate, thousands of people fleeing war, poverty and destruction continue to arrive on Europe's shores seeking sanctuary.

Many of these people end up in 'the Jungle', a camp-cum-ghetto that is home to several thousand people in Ca...

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CSAN delegation visit Calais refugee camp

A delegation from CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) yesterday visited 'the Jungle', the refugee camp in Calais which is home to an estimated 4000 people. Hosted by Secours Catholique (Caritas France), CSAN's French sister organisation, the delegation met with many of the people living and working in the camp.

With Europe facing a refugee crisis of unprecedented proportions, the delega...

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Calais: Churches respond to desperate migrant crisis

The Jungle in Calais

While all are horrified at the sufferings of the refugees and migrants in Calais, most in the UK are paralysed from action because of the huge issues raised. If we 'open the gates', will this act as a magnet for thousands more refugees to come knocking on the UK door? This could mean further competition for scarce housing and resources in the poor boroughs which are already coping with huge sho...

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Calais: Medics struggle to cope with injured refugees

Chapel - image: screen shot

The death toll among refugees attempting to reach the UK from Calais has risen dramatically in recent days. Medical staff in France say they are struggling to cope with the number of seriously injured migrants who are taking ever greater risks to get into the Channel Tunnel. More than 3,000 men, women and children who have fled war and persecution in Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Sudan Eth...

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Caritas chooses new secretary general

Michel Roy

Caritas Internationalis has approved Michel Roy as its new secretary general for the next four years. Caritas representatives chose Mr Roy with a majority of votes during the General Assembly on Thursday 26 May. Mr Roy is currently international lobbying and advocacy director for Secours Catholique (Caritas France). He will follow Lesley-Anne Knight who was Caritas Internationalis se...

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Congo: Caritas worker killed

Caritas International  has  reported that a staff member from their French division was killed in Congo last week.   Ricky Agusa Sukaka, 27, was shot dead in Musezero, North Kivu, on 15  July. When his colleagues found him, his pockets had been emptied and his Secours Catholique-Caritas France T-shirt removed. He was last seen alive being stopped by two men i...

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