France – Calais

In 2015

Context

In June 2015, less than 300km from Paris in the heart of Europe, 3,000 people fleeing the conflicts in Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria and Iraq were living in makeshift shelters on the La Lande site, 7km from Calais. This grew into a full-blown shanty town on a former 18 hectare landfill site, providing ever-rising numbers of refugees with unfit and undignified living conditions. This was the first time SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, which has been operating on the ground helping to alleviate some of the worst crises for over 35 years, worked on French soil, which goes to prove the urgency of this unprecedented situation.

Our action

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL responded to Médecins du Monde’s appeal for help and arrived in the “Jungle” in June 2015 to provide migrants living there with dignified and adequate access to drinking water, hygiene and sanitation. This operation was part of a collective response that four different humanitarian organizations agreed to deliver. As emphasized by the CEO of SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL, Jean-Yves Troy: “[The fact] that four emergency humanitarian NGOs are required to intervene on French soil underscores the exceptional nature of this situation.” The mission was closed in November 2015 after the work done by SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL was gradually handed over to the NGO Médecins sans Frontières.

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