*BREAKING NEWS FROM CALAIS!*
Yesterday I spent a happy day in the Jungle. The sun was shining, the lovely Mustafa, a 21-year old Afghan from Welcome Restuarant showed me the little terrace he was building overlooking the lake, and the donation I had from you guys for the Kids Restuarant (which provides free food for the unaccompanied children in the camp), paid the big bill from the bread man.
We also joined Sikander (who runs the Kids Restaurant), on his journey to the hospital to visit a 15-year-old boy who had been shot in the neck by police. Sikander is my hero. A refugee himself, he has put everything into helping other refugees and provides a warm meal and a safe place for hundreds of under 18’s in the camp every single day. They all get involved, peeling potatoes, sweeping the floor, and it’s so lovely to see…
Then today, literally just now, we watched as a wall of riot police descended on the whole area and raided multiple restaurants including Welcome Restaurant and the Kids Restaurant. They bagged up donated food and arrested all the restaurant owners, including Sikander, who was taken away in a police van like a criminal.
SIKANDER IS FEEDING UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN, he has given up his own life for the future of others, young victims of war…and he has just been arrested for doing so.
Together with other restaurant owners who are inspiringly making the best of a bad situation, attempting to create a life for themselves with displays of incredible entrepreneurial spirit, they were punished as if they had done something other than heroic.
We need to support the Kids Restaurant now more than ever. They still need to eat. You can support Sikander and his efforts here:
We will keep you updated as soon as we know more as we still don’t understand WHY?
Thank you to our amazing Beatrice Lily Lorigan for this photo.