On the ground

Climate is changing - Caen, France

Climate is changing - Caen, France

The mood shifts of the boys are very real as the warmer weather disappears and the colder weather moves in. It’s harder to find time to really chat and find out what life is like as they are so cold and so hungry, but I also have found myself thinking that very real fears of how they will cope with sickness and surviving the cold and sleeping in ditches are more tangible. 

Sleeping with nothing - Paris, France

Sleeping with nothing - Paris, France

The father with a young teenage son and daughter were sharing a thin curtain as a blanket. The father was sat sleeping with his head on his knees and his children were huddled close to him. I took some blankets and went to them. I thought of my own son, soon to be 8, safe, warm.

Alex was here - Paris, France

Alex was here - Paris, France

Three nights ago Alex had his birthday in a secret, tucked-away corner of a Parisian city park. 

He is young in his round face. Has an easy sticky-out-toothy smile that reaches his soft eyes. He has one of those silly annoying hairstyles that is half flicky emo fringe and half super stylish. He's kinda goofy, charming and desperately talkative. His English is perfect but with unmistakable Afghan mannerisms. 

Camaraderie - Southern Italy

Camaraderie - Southern Italy

Here in Puglia there seemed to be a very different, more commonplace response to these (mainly African) guys by the locals. Everywhere I looked, they interacted. Shop, cafe and bar staff, bantering with the street traders. Fine-dressed women, smiling, inspecting their goods, politely declining. Italian kids sharing fist-bumps and more - laughter, camaraderie. I saw colleagues and friendships, between locals and migrants.

They need it more - Calais & Dunkirk, France

They need it more - Calais & Dunkirk, France

As we were leaving, Trish emptied her backpack, grabbed her toiletries, reached for sleeping bag and passed as much as she could to the long term volunteers as donations…. thinking what else she had that she could leave for someone who needs it so much more than she does.