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London talk: After the Jungle what next

Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass are hosting an event for those interested in finding out more about the situation for refugees and migrants on the coast of northern France and elsewhere after the destruction of the Calais 'Jungle' refugee camp. Come along to hear about the work of Brother Johannes Maertens at the Maria Skobtsova House in Calais, see two short films made by refugees living ...

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URGENT Appeal to help refugees sleeping outdoors in France

Since the break up of the 'Jungle' at Calais, many refugees in France have no where to shelter and are being forced to sleep out in the open - while temperatures have gone well below freezing.

The charity Care4Calais has two warehouses in Calais which are acting as hubs to get various types of donation to places where they are needed, not solely to areas close to Calais and Dunkirk. This...

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Seeking Sanctuary appeals for solidarity with remaining refugees in Calais

Site of demolished  church

Ben Bano and Phil Kerton from Seeking Sanctuary writes: The story of exiles currently and recently stuck in Calais has entered a new chapter, but they are all still in need, especially the young people. Judged solely by numerical data, the exercise to remove residents and clear the 'jungle' in Calais site was a success. The aim of officials to remove the camp before November became kno...

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Calais Poem: This WAS our Church

'This WAS our Church'

To the Church of St Michael in the Jungle, Calais

'Our prayers have risen to the Lord Not in a glorious building But in a tent which has been an a symbol of hope To so many trapped in the jungle around us. We have been a haven of solace and peace g...

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Reflection as Calais Jungle church and mosque are cleared

Congregation of Saint Michael's Oriental Orthodox Church at last service before church is destroyed. Image: Refugee Info Bus)

And so it ends on a Friday. Or at least some things end. Specifically, a church, a school and a mosque were destroyed* today.

On this Friday, nearly 2000 years after some other Friday, Jesus has been crucified again for your sins. You were greedy, wrathful, petty. You were hypocritically sticking to rules you would find inhumane if they applied to anybody you knew. And so he had to die. ...

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Campaigners appeal at Home Office for Calais children

Leaders of five London councils who are accepting children were presented with a Paddington bear who in the story arrives in London alone to be looked after by strangers

Church groups and representatives from eight London councils, joined Lord Alfred Dubs, actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson and children dressed as Paddington Bear, outside the Home Office on Monday afternoon, to hand in a petition appealing for the government to take in more refugee children, as the Calais 'Jungle' is demolished. The event was organised by Citizens UK and the charit...

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Reflection from Calais Jungle - winter approaches

The Last Supper by Henrok

The future of everyone living in 'The Jungle' in Calais looks very uncertain. The UK government has now agreed that 387 children documented as having relatives in the UK can come to the UK, once an official list has been agreed with the French authorities. But that leaves another 500 unaccompanied children at risk. The French authorities say they plan to demolish the camp as early as Monday. Wh...

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Seeking Sanctuary says: 'Bring the children NOW !'

No child should live in these conditions

In the confusion and squalor of the Calais jungle, hundreds of unaccompanied children await their fate. There have been reports that 10 per cent of the children identified in August as eligible to come to the UK have gone missing, very possibly at the hands of traffickers.

Ben Bano, from Seeking Sanctuary who has 40 years experience in social work, said: '"This situation is intolerable. ...

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Campaigners voice fears over impending clearance of Calais 'Jungle'

What does the future hold for this child?

Campaigners have expressed concern over the impending clearance of the Calais 'Jungle'.

As reported by Independent Catholic News on October 7th, an agency of the French Bishops Conference cautiously accepted the general thrust of government plans to dismantle the Calais camp and relocate its refugees, saying that the plans are "going in the right direction." A spokesman said: "We hope th...

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French bishops support impending closure of Calais Jungle

The Pastoral Care of Migrants of the Conference of Bishops of France, has accepted the general thrust of government plans to dismantle and relocate Calais refugees, saying it was "controversial, but going in the right direction."

In a statement (originally published on 19 September, but translated into English this week by Seeking Sanctuary), the bishops invite Christian activists to 'mo...

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London: Save the Children vigil

No place for a child

Hundreds of unaccompanied children, some as young as eight, are currently living in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais. Around 325 of them are eligible for transfer to the UK - and have been for many months - but for some reason the paperwork has stalled. On Friday, 2nd September at 10am, London Citizens are organising a one hour vigil outside the Home Office in Marsham Street. Westminster and i...

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Petition: Save the Calais children

Lord Alfred Dubs, a child refugee who was rescued by the UK in 1938 writes: Terrified children are trapped in a refugee camp in Calais that a judge said was a "living hell" - but we have a chance to get 300 to Britain and safety in time for the new school term!

I was a child refugee once, fleeing the Nazis, and Britain took me in and saved my life. So when I hear thousands of un...

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Calais refugees: Where are the missing children?

Image ICN

In a statement over the weekend, the charity Seeking Sanctuary has raised questions about a number of children who have not been seen since the authorities bulldozed part of the 'Jungle' camp near Calais. They said: "Seeking Sanctuary like many other humanitarian organisations is increasingly concerned about the fate of the potentially hundreds of missing children from the 'Jungle' camp in Cala...

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Calais Jungle hunger strikers end protest

Cross from bulldozed chapel

The group of refugees on hunger strike at the Jungle in Calais (among them several Christians escaping persecution) have issued this statement today. They have just ended their action, after a number of meetings with representatives from UNHCR, aid agencies and politicians. They write:

We would like to extend our deep condolences to the people of Brussels and all the vict...

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