Arriving at the Italian French border last night was like going back to the Calais ‘jungle’ but in snow. 300 plus people shelter from the biting snow under a motorway bridge in tents and tarpaulin structures and huddle around fires of plastic, old blankets and what ever else will burn.
There are a rag tag army of about 25 young volunteers from various countries distrusting food, clothes, blankets and water, as well as fire wood, but no signs of any of the flouro tabards worn by the large NGO’s and charities. Rubbish and rats, as well as scabies are all endemic, and there is only one small shop being rented as an impromptu info point, internet provider , distribution warehouse come phone charging booth.
I drove up from Sicily when I heard reports of the snow and the general state of the situation to help provide fire wood and logistics, and today the church opposite the makeshift camp opened its doors at lunch time and allowed people to shelter inside. Unfortunately the snow and main cold period was over by then, but every little helps.
We spent the day sourcing firewood and costing chainsaws and axes and the like,. A local man brought some chainsaws and we set about cutting and chopping wood for the cold night ahead. but with more people arriving daily we are now in desperate need of more wood daily and tents for the helpers AND the refugees …as well as essential winter clothing, shoes, socks and underwear, bedding, food and everything you would take to a winter camping trip in the ALPS ..!!!
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