UPDATE: 17 th April 2017

UPDATE: 17 th April 2017

Dear all
I hope everyone is well and has had a great Easter.

You will probably have seen that the only remaining refugee camp in France was burnt down a few days ago.

Some of our kids who were sleeping there during the fire but as far as Ive ascertained so far, they are all physically ok. (See one of them below, he sent me this picture, plus a further press pic below that.) However they’re left with nowhere as Calais is under police lockdown and Dunkerque is no more,and will not be replaced. Like the old Jungle the empty site is being policed.. Its endgame for so many minors, and mentally they are very stressed. So many of them should have qualified under the Dublin 3 Regulation (relatives in UK) or potentially Dubs Amendment. Now they are comletely stuck.They are being tear-gassed even when they sleep. Criminalised. And starved as its much more challenging to provide food and shelter to them, than before.
In the light of Dunkerque and messages of desperation Im getting from our contacts there, we’re doing one final humanitarian/filming trip this coming week, taking sleeping bags and clothes, and checking in with the boys who were at Dunkerque and the girls who are at the tiny illegal camp in the woods nearby. At the UK end, Ive been doing final interviews and am seeing Lord Dubs in the next few days.

Film is still due to be released in time for Refugee Week June 19-25th, and as evidence to Parliament and for the High Court challenges to to the Home. Office coming up in June.

Please do pass this on to any mailing lists you havent yet! Last last gasp to get it done.

All very best and thanks

Sue xx


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Sue Clayton is a feature and documentary film maker. She has worked on various child and youth asylum projects over 15 years, consulting and producing news stories for ITV and BBC . Her award-winning independent film Hamedullah: The Road Home www.hamedullahtheroadhome.com has been screened at over 200 activist and debate events, and is regularly shown in UK Immigration Courts and in the Upper Tribunal cases as evidence that forced removal of young people to Kabul is not, as the Home Office says, safe. She is also creating an archive of interviews with young asylum seekers in the UK see www.bigjourneys.org and she works with a ESRC-funded research team researching best outcomes for young asylum seekers www.uncertainjourneys.org.uk