Late Thursday night the French government passed a ban on independent aid to the refugee camps. This stops all community endeavours and denies people the ability to help those in desperate need.
Derby and Amber Valley Solidarity groups responded to a call from the overnight shift in the storage which equips new arrivals with a delivery of much needed supplies, to stop new arrivals from freezing to death without any protection. The volunteers were stopped at the entrance to the Grande Synthe camp and refused entry.
One of the Solidarity volunteers made contact with Solidarity in Britain with this update:
“So today we arrived at France at one of the camps only to find there was a massive police presence due to the change in law. This does not allow aid or building materials to be allowed on site from individual aid distributors. We were unable to entre to distribute aid so we made contact with our contact who have arranged to meet us at the camp first thing tomorrow so we can help out any other way we can.”
Aid Box Convoy encountered the same problem at Grande Synthe:
The law is against “independent aid” (the only kind going in to The Jungle) and was passed 17/12/15.
Update (9:30pm 19/12/15): Denmark is now attempting to pass legislation to search refugees for valuables (the last mementos of their entire lives before fleeing Daesh and all that they own IF they have anything left) to pay for their keep. Europe edges ever closer to the inhumane evil that we once fought against. Amber Valley Solidarity intends to continue in whatever ways it can, opposing all such measures and remaining humane.
Update 2 (12:30am 20/12/15): On 19/12/15 Solidarity managed to get bedding and food into the camp. The police are not letting tents, building supplies or anything that constitutes shelter into the camp. As winter takes hold, this is perilous for refugees. Solidarity are returning tomorrow to do what else they can to help.