British and French officials had promised that the demolition of the jungle would not begin before all children in the camp were safeguarded. Yet, while the French government announced the evacuation of the camp over, charities and campaigners have been saying that there are still many unregistered minors wondering around the camp, hoping that the registrations desks would reopen soon.
50 children, some of them as young as 11 years old, had to go back to what is left of the jungle to find shelter last night, while the fire was still burning close by. Another 40 were sent to an abandoned school, while others were sent to the temporary church and the temporary mosque. This amounts to almost 200 unaccompanied minors left in Calais.
The only support they got was from NGOs such as Care4Calais providing them covers and food, while officials were nowhere to be seen.
Baroness Sheehan, who was in Calais said: “Children have rights to food, family, shelter and protection under the Convention on the Rights of the Child” , “Britain and France are signatories to this. They are flouting the law”.
Both the French and British Government have been blaming the other for the dramatic situation. The French government said that the UK was “not execut[ing] its responsibilities to take in these minors” hoping to enter the UK, while British authorities have criticised the way the French are handling the crisis.
The pressure put on French and British officials by the different NGOs and activists seem to have worked as Care4Calais has now stating that buses have arrived, yet it doesn’t seem that there will be enough seats for all of the remaining refugees in Calais.