Well, some good news since the closure of the Jungle –
THIS ONLY HAPPENED BECAUSE OF YOU GUYS CROWDFUNDING AND ENABLING ME AND THE TEAM TO GO AND DO THIS WORK. Neither I nor Duncan Lewis would have been there if it hadn’t been for your support. So thanks again and congrats to us so far!! Around 20 of our kids- including little Daniel- the 9 year old- have got to UK and are safe and warm this Xmas. These others represent a legal challenge to the HO’s negligence- their neglect, then unlawful dismissal, of their cases.
I have visited as have colleagues, many of the ‘centres’ where the French have placed the children who could be in UK and whom the Home Office has not yet taken. Some places there is no food at all, others only dry bread. Many are still wearing the thin t shirts and plastic flip flops they had from the Jungle, in minus temperatures. Many are starving and many have run away. At least two have tried repeatedly to commit suicide.
Whether you have very very kindly contributed already, or whether you are unable or unwilling to commit funding, do please very kindly consider forwarding this to your friends and contacts and via social media with a note from you.
I need to keep filming to complete the 50-minute film, which will I hope be out by March- but even more importantly to keep in touch with all the young people who call me every day, who first contacted me in the Jungle and who are now in dire straits. Funding goes equally to buy them coats and shoes etc and food when we go see them, as well as continue the investigation and the campaign to secure their rights.
We have raised £26,000 so far, and need around £12,000 to keep going to the end of the legal challenges and hopefully a successful outcome. This film will have ongoing impact for all the other refugees and stateless people who have rights but have absolutely no way of bringing them to actuation- without language help, legal help, advice and public channels and awareness, ‘having rights ‘ means nothing at all. That’s the brutal reality of human rights, as I’ve learned in the last four months. Please please spread the word and help us keep going. Please all of you, spend 10 minutes spreading this to work and social contact lists or any other organisations you know of. Thanks a million! We’ve made so much progress. Lets keep going to the end.
Some of our prior ITV News coverage…
- Who are the Calais jungle children eligible for UK home? – ITV News 14 Oct 2016 – There are hundreds of unaccompanied children in the Calais jungle migrant camp, but ITV News has discovered the extent of the struggle
- Children left with ‘nowhere to go’ after Calais ‘Jungle’ camp … – ITV.com 27 Oct 2016 – Read Children left with ‘nowhere to go’ after Calais ‘Jungle’ camp clearance latest on ITV News.
- Calais ‘Jungle’ camp clearance operation declared over – ITV News 26 Oct 2016 – Read Calais ‘Jungle’ camp clearance operation declared over latest on ITV News.
- Migrants heading to Paris as Calais ‘Jungle’ clears – ITV News – ITV.com 28 Oct 2016 – Read Migrants heading to Paris as Calais ‘Jungle’ clears latest on ITV News.