State Neglect and Police Violence: The Forgotten Refugee Crisis in Calais and Dunkirk
by Abby Meadows, northern France
In northern France hundreds of refugees are being neglected by the state, abused by the police and exploited by smugglers. With large charities refusing to get involved and journalists staying away, grassroots groups are still trying to plug the aid gap. But volunteers say there is only so much they can do without adequate resources – and when the only real solutions are political.