Amber Rudd, the UK Home secretary, has remained silent over the accelerating crisis in Calais, France.Where the French authorities have been accused of the mistreatment of child refugees, many, whom have the right to live in the UK.
On Wednesday French authorities announced the Calais ‘Jungle’ was “clear” and declared the closure a success, but charities and volunteers on the ground said more than 1,000 people remain in and around the camp, including hundreds of children who have not been through the registration process.
Josie Naughton, of charity Help Refugees, said: “The authorities stopped registering children at around midday today, saying the container camp was full, and sent around 300 to 400 children, including under-13s, back to the Jungle.”
40% of the ‘Jungle’ was burnt down earlier in the day and the children were forced to sleep out in the open.
Caroline Gregory of Calais Action, a British charity, said:”We were begging the French authorities to actually do something about the refugee children and nothing was done,”
The situation for child refugees in Calais has got alot worse today. This morning the Police started to round up any child without a wristband, arrest them and take them away in vans.
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Help refugees, a charity working with child refugees, said: ‘This morning children were told to go to the registration warehouse where they queued peacefully for hours this morning. They were then told they would not yet be registered and were sent back to outside the container camp, where they are refusing to let them enter without wristbands.
Police have now been arresting and forcibly removing children with no explanation or translators. This has happened to children with and without wristbands. We are told those without wristbands were taken to the PAF ‘Police Anti Frontier’ & told as they didn’t have wristbands they are seen as a criminal threat. Please alert your MP that the home office must do more on the ground protect.’
Amber Rudd has failed to take any action to protect children, who have the right to live in the UK.
The UK Home Office said French authorities were responsible for “all children in Calais during the clearance operation – including those being assessed for possible transfer to the UK”
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