France, 2017

As liberal news outlets congratulate France for welcoming one solitary Chechen refugee into the country, this is the reality of how France can really treat those fleeing persecution and war. At lunchtime in Calais, June 2017, hundreds of people are getting illegally denied access to food and water by the Police Nationale, the Gendarmerie and the UK-funded CRS. Continue reading

Dancing in France

We rolled into our evening distribution point in Calais with the sun blazing over the field. As the Daily Mail so lovingly complimented us last week (forgive me if I don’t link to the article), the “party atmosphere” was in full swing. Small fires burning peacefully, a generator blasting music and a perfectly synchronised group of Afghan men dancing in a circle – a really, really beautiful moment. A queue formed slowly as we began serving our usual rice, curry and salad, stretching back to over 100 people with more waiting around the field. The eye of the storm. Continue reading