So, yesterday the progressive press was banging the drum for Open Borders, with the ‘Indy’ and the ‘Guardian’ focusing on the ‘plight’ of the Calais camp.
But the ‘Guardian’ slipped up:
How you can help
Money, donations and volunteers are needed at the camp at Calais, but certain supplies are needed more than others – key items required are listed here.• Donate money and food to Calais Kitchens, which delivers food packages to the camp, and to Refugee Community Kitchen, which provides hot food daily
• Help fund the work of Help Refugee, which has provided food and clothes for the camp for the past year, or volunteer in its Calais warehouse. (Do keep trying as the website may be slow at times.) If you are planning to bring donations to the camp, email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on what to bring and how to pack donations.
• Support the campaigning work of Citizens UK, lobbying to bring unaccompanied refugee children to the UK.
• Donate to the Women’s and Children’s bus, supporting the smaller number of families with young children in the camp, and helping work with the smallest unaccompanied children, some as young as eight.
• Volunteer to collect litter and help clean the camp, which is vital to stop rat infestations.
Even for the die-hard guardianistas, this last one was a bit much to swallow. Many of them pointed out that a camp full of young, fit men could clean up after its own damn self!