Call for emergency aid packs to help refugees left homeless by fire

CamCRAG is collecting urgent aid packs to send to Dunkirk where thousands of refugees have been left homeless after a huge fire.

Fire broke out in the Grande Synthe camp earlier this week destroying shelters and volunteer-run kitchens. The camp was home to 1,700 refugees – including  150 women and more than 200 children – who have fled bloodshed and oppression in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. While hundreds are being temporarily housed in nearby sports centres, the whereabouts of many others is unknown.

CamCRAG is spending £2,000 on emergency items including blankets, sleeping bags and food and is calling on supporters to put together emergency relief packs containing essential food and drink. These can be left at the Daily Bread Co-op in Kings Hedges and will be transported to aid workers on the ground in Dunkirk for distribution. We can also arrange collection where possible.

Lara Brettell, CamCRAG chair, said: “The scenes from the past two days have been heartbreaking. These people have already lost their homes and everything they own when they were forced to escape civil war and terrorism. Now they have lost everything again.

“It is almost unbelievable that this horrendous situation exists just 30 or 40 miles from the village greens and leafy suburban streets of Kent. We’re asking people to help respond by making up emergency relief packs, giving other much needed items or donating towards the emergency response efforts.”

Required contents for one emergency pack are below. These should be placed in a sturdy, labelled bag.

  • 2x ring pull tinned fish
  • 2x small bottle of water
  • 4x cereal bar
  • 1x small chocolate bar
  • 2x packet of nuts or dried fruit
  • 1x carton of juice