Searing Temperatures followed by Torrential Rain

Guest blog from our partners Mobile Refugee Support (MRS)

This week’s extreme weather patterns have made conditions for those living outside unbearable. Searing temperatures followed by torrential rain and heavy storms have left tents and shelters battered and people weary.

With rumours of a large scale eviction circulating, the atmosphere on the ground is tense. There are currently over 500 people at the main settlement alone, with other groups scattered around in the surrounding woodland.

Over the coming days, our team on the ground will be ready to respond immediately if an eviction should take place. These situations put enormous strain on both our volunteers and our stock of material aid such as sleeping bags.

Updated 11 August 2019

These last two weeks have seen the settlement in Dunkirk grow substantially. With new groups and families arriving each day, our stock of tents and sleeping bags has finally been exhausted.

Rumours of an eviction of the camp continue to circulate, causing much anxiety and concern among the community. With little or no information being provided by the authorities, it becomes near impossible for organisations on the ground to prepare.

We anticipate the clearance will take place in these next two weeks. Fortunately, in collaboration with other organisations, we have prepared several hundred ‘eviction packs’. The packs contain sleeping bags and ‘basha kits’, ensuring that when the clearance does take place, people will at least be left with something for the night ahead.