This Easter weekend, members of Mid Wales Refugee Action are taking urgently needed sleeping bags, blankets, tents and clothes to refugees in the North of France. A horrific fire ripped through La Liniere refugee camp in Dunkirk on Monday night, destroying the shelters and kitchens that provided for the basic needs of over 1,500 people.
An urgent appeal by the organisation has led to an incredible community response, Claire Anthony one of the members of the group who is delivering the supplies said;
“The people in the camp were already living in a desperate situation, many people have lost the very little they had in the fire. We are enormously grateful to the incredible response we have had from our local community in donating so much in such a short space of time.”
The refugee camp was home to people from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Syria who have escaped war-torn areas and journeyed to the North of France in the hope of reaching safety in the UK. A number of those living in the camps were families with young children and unaccompanied minors. Since the fire destroyed the camp over 600 people have gone missing including over 100 minors. The local authorities have said they will not allow the camp to continue.
Mid Wales Refugee Action has over the last year organised 6 trips to the camp, providing volunteers and donations of essential supplies.