22 December 2005
Bridge2 has promised to try and help these 2 children be reunited with their mother.
(there is no information on here that is not already in the public domain)
We have promised to do all we can to help 2 refugee children in Calais be reunited with their mother who is currently in Birmingham with her status being ‘indefinate leave to remain’.
A while ago, I was contacted by Sara Allan, a friend of one of my son’s friends, Sophie, as she knew I had worked in the Jungle in Calais.
I tried to give Sara as much information and a few tips as I could over good old FaceBook.
She went off on her trip, 4 weeks ago, and fully immersed herself into working there and like many of us couldn’t put it down on her return.
Some thing had got under her skin, namely 2 unaccompanied Kurdish children, a boy aged 17 and a girl aged 14. It is clear for all to see that the Jungle is no place for adults, never mind children.
Sara resolved to try and see what she could do to help so she went home and set about raising money and tracking down a lawyer who had apparently already been assigned the case.
They evidently have 3 siblings that are in the uk with mum already. The siblings were split up after their father was killed in Iraq in 2006. The children were sent to Turkey to live with their grandmother. She died in August. That combined with being Kurdish led them to set off in the epic journey for England.
Sara was appalled by their tent on the jungle and felt the camp was so dangerous for especially for the girl.
She wanted initially to buy them a caravan so raised funds accordingly. Once back in London she tracked down a human rights lawyer. He had been assigned the case some weeks earlier and had installed the children with a family living locally, while investigations took place. This arrangement was supposed to be short term but has already been 3 weeks and I suspect it could be much longer.
This is were Bridge2 come in – Sara is due to go abroad soon and so I have said I would take up the slack and try and make sure that things happen going forward.
Sara has raised some funds and these will be spent on board and lodging for the family to help pay for food and the inconvenience etc. This may well run out before the politics are sorted out, and so this is where you will come in. I have undertaken to, as far as we can, chase this process and of course I can make sure they have enough clothing, soaps, shampoo, shoes etc no problem, but we may well need to raise funds for the board and lodging which will be somewhere in the region of £400 per month when they run out – in early Spring of next year.
Goodness I hope they can be with their mother before then, BUT we must be prepared. I need to get my thinking hat on and do some research!
I will do my best to meet with both the children and the couple whose house they are staying in in this next week, and see if there any any immediate needs, and then when I am back I will start to make some connections and contact people to see if there is anything useful we can do to help this happen.
There are other un-accompanied children on the camp and I would LOVE to see them get sorted with asylum as soon as possible.
No promises here of a solution, just a promise of trying my hardest to get one that is appropriate!