Irish group says Calais refugee camp is 'insane'

Irish group says Calais refugee camp is 'insane'

The refugee camp in Calais is being described as ‘insane’ by one Irish group that has travelled over to provide assistance.

Hundreds of people fleeing war torn Syria and other Middle East countries continue to arrive in the French port town each day.

They hope to make the crossing to the UK, but instead are left sleeping outdoors.

The Ireland Calais Solidarity group arrived with several truckloads of donations this weekend.

One volunteer, Treacy Ryan, describes the scenes they have witnessed.

“The camp itself is just insane, it is hard to believe. It’s worse than any shanty town I have seen on any of my travels around the world,” Ms Ryan said.

“I’ve been in India, been in North Africa and the Middle East and I have never seen anything like this.

“It’s filthy, there is no sanitation, the basic needs are just not being met, but somehow people are utterly resilient they are friendly.”

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