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South Woodford father fears for safety of Calais child refugees after visiting the ‘Jungle’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:53 08 September 2016

Even in the harsh conditions of the so-called Calais jungle, young refugees and migrants enjoy a spot of football and cycling amidst makeshift homes. © UNHCR/ Corentin Fohlen

Even in the harsh conditions of the so-called Calais jungle, young refugees and migrants enjoy a spot of football and cycling amidst makeshift homes. © UNHCR/ Corentin Fohlen

© UNHCR/ Corentin Fohlen

A father-of-two fears for the safety of unaccompanied child refugees living in the Calais “Jungle” camp.

Faisal Lalloo, 59, who lives in South Woodford, visited the camp in August and hopes to become a foster parent to two children.

He said: “It’s dire. They are young children alone in an unsafe place.

“Why can’t I offer them a safe place to live in my home?”

The “Jungle”, a huge sprawling camp which is home to up to 10,000 migrants and refugees, is set to be demolished, the French government has confirmed.

Now Faisal fears that the unaccompanied children in the camp will go missing, amongst the mass demolition.

He said: “It’s very scary.

“There are fights every single night, and the children are at risk of rape or child trafficking.

“When I visited Calais, we met two boys, who were nine and 10 years old.

“They were cousins who had fled from Afghanistan, with a man who had abandoned them in the camp.

“Every night, they try to escape, and once managed to get into a car.

“I have two spare rooms in my home, where they could live safely.”

Last week, Redbridge Citizens met the leader of the council to ask if he would pledge to rehome five Syrian unaccompanied child refugees.

To find out their response, pick up a copy of the Recorder out today.


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