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Diocese of Westminster Justice and Peace

Help a Calais Minor - phase 2

We are extending our August campaign for the Calais Catholic Worker for those who missed the first phase. Please consider giving if you have not done so already!
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  CALAIS  APPEAL JUSTICE AND PEACE  FROM MARIA SKOBTSOVA HOUSE  by Brother Johannes Maertens The house offers emergency hospitality to young and vulnerable refugees in the Calais area and Justice and Peace have visited several times in the past.  Brother Johannes writes,    ‘Next  to accommodation we offer also on almost a daily base to young and  vulnerable refugees a shower, a meal, tea, do their laundry and we offer  them to spend some time in a house. Through the offer of this basic  help we can accompany more than 10 unaccompanied minors under 16 and  many other young refugees. As we are serving more people than ever  before we are using more of our resources than planned.       This is an  unresolved situation: in September and October 2016, with the imminent  closure of the Calais Jungle, the UK government agreed to admit those  unaccompanied minors who would otherwise be left stranded.  Quickly  after the closure, the UK withdrew its promise, and numbers of young  people have been drifting back to the city with even less support than  before.  Humanitarian charities are trying to feed and shelter them,  against a firm determination of the authorities not to allow a build up  of the camp as before.  So Maria Skobstova House is welcoming as many  youngsters as possible, either by giving them accommodation or welcoming  them daily into the house giving showers, clothes food and simply a  place to be off the streets.  The humanitarian agencies such as Secours Catholique and Auberge des Migrants are meanwhile in constant discussion with the authorities about the right to give out humanitarian aid.  Our contributions will be more than welcome to help the youngsters in their daily battle for survival.  

About the charity

We are an organization under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster (London, UK). We facilitate the formation of J&P groups, identify and raise awareness of injustice and its root causes, promote J&P spirituality, and liaise with the Cardinal and bishops on issues as they arise.

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