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Calais Update 03/10

On Saturday, 03 October, Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) organized two teams from Belgium for the refugee camp in Calais, France. That morning, after a major incident at the camp, all access was blocked by police except for a narrow, chaotic, path through the back.

The teams constructed 4 small wooden huts to be used by women and 4 smaller tents for some of the men. The new residents were thrilled to have these simple, basic facilities. The huts and tents were placed in a square and in just a few hours we had assembled a small community in the middle of the camp. Several members of the teams from Belgium also cleaned up garbage around the camp and distributed 2,500 rain ponchos.

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At times, the hectic activity around the location became a little tense. At one point a fight broke out between a Sudanese and an Afghan just a few hundred yards from the huts. In seconds, scores of young men from either side descended on the scene, some holding iron bars. Thankfully, the situation diffused almost as quickly as it began.

COHEU has made a long term commitment to this project, and are continuing to find ways we can be involved. If you would like to join with our efforts, click here!

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