It’s a cold, quiet morning in camp.
Like yesterday, residents of the Jungle have been queuing since the early hours.
We ask all press, journalists and others to respect the residents of the Calais Jungle and their right to privacy as they prepare for the next step in their journey. Documenting the eviction process is important, but this must be done sensitively. Permission for photos like this should absolutely be sought – we hope it was in this case! Remember, people fleeing persecution or smugglers may have very good reasons for not wanting their faces photographed or filmed.
A few reminders of how residents of the Jungle have created a home and a community over the past months, despite the appalling conditions which do not meet minimum humanitarian standards for shelter or WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene).
Pictured: a barber’s shop, the popular Kid’s Cafe which provides free food and activities for children, and a flower/vegetable garden.
French authorities are due to start dismantling the camp later today. In the meantime, dedicated volunteers have formed salvage teams to remove useful structures and materials from the Jungle – some of these (including parts of the Jungle Books school, pictured here) will be transferred to refugee camps in Greece.
People living in the Calais Jungle are vulnerable and traumatised. We have witnessed children injured while waiting for registration. With the chaos and confusion surrounding the Jungle evictions, the French and UK governments must ensure that vulnerable people – of whatever age – do not slip through the net.
Rowan Farrell, our co-founder, talking to Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Two this morning.
More police and demolition contractors are entering the Jungle now – dismantling of the camp is likely to begin very soon. We are concerned that families and children are still present, particularly as a water cannon is also being brought in. We ask that all our friends remain calm and safe during these times and that the authorities carry out their planned work with respect for the dignity and safety of Jungle residents.
Demolitions have begun. Police have assured us they will make sure shelters are clear before dismantling them; police officers are there for ‘protection’ of demolition crews. We hope refugees will also be protected.
Beautiful, powerful women of the Jungle lead a protest through the camp: ‘Please England help all women’
Men, women and children are continuing to pack up their possessions in preparation for leaving the Jungle.
Demolition continues: a baby girl’s shoe is left behind in the rubble. Let’s hope her next home is safer than this one.
We found this unaccompanied minor earlier who queued to register from early this morning but was then turned away. He didn’t know where he would sleep tonight, but thanks to our volunteers he has now been registered by OFII (the French Office for Immigration and Integration).
Registration of children has been stopped for today, though registration for adults is continuing. There are no queues for adults at this time.
Summary of Day 2 of Jungle eviction:
More adults were registered and transported on coaches to CAOs (Accomodation Centres) around France. Later in the afternoon, no queues remained for adult registration.
Registration for children was stopped during the afternoon, with minors not yet registered told to return tomorrow. Entry to the queue for children’s registration was allowed on the basis of a two-second visual age check by French authorities.
Women from multiple countries staged a protest appealing to the UK to consider their situation and provide a safe place for displaced women.
A small team contracted by French authorities began dismantling structures and shelters at 3:05pm, by hand and with two small diggers. We expect this will continue tomorrow.
There was a large police presence in camp throughout the day, with a water cannon brought in during the afternoon, but we have not witnessed any major confrontations between police and residents.
Our main concerns today are around the registration of minors, many of whom will have to spend another night in the Jungle, risking violence, fires and other dangers.