Kites to Calais

Kites to Calais

We are holding a Kite Event in the land that was left empty following the brutal demolitions during January in the Calais Refugee Camp. This land is currently a desolate space which is considered no man’s land.

The aim of the project is to fly 300 kites to the sky; some with political messages written on them, if people choose to do so. We will also provide with materials for you to write your messages and even make your own kites in one of our workshops!

This event is a collaboration between Happy Ravers, who have contributed with 300 blank kites which have been kindly donated by the public and Help4Refugee who have co-ordinated the event. There will also be musicians and artists from Raw Material, who will be there drumming and providing music to accompany the kites the messages they carry on their way up to the sky.

The day promises to be a great event for everyone with a clear message of justice and solidarity with the thousands of people, including small children, who are currently living in Calais under inhumane conditions.

While we do all that we can to provide humanitarian aid to this dire situation, we all need to recognise that this is a political issue, and to solve the problem it must be addressed as such.
You are cordially invited to take part and help us raise awareness on the day, you can check in on the event page by following this link.

In Solidarity,
The Help4Refugee Children & Happy Ravers
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Stop Illegal Deportations!

Help4Refugee Children are organising an emergency protest outside Downing Street on Tuesday July 19 to demand that Illegal Deportations are stopped NOW.

Speakers:

Sophie Muller
Sophie had provided a safe home for Hamed and is currently fighting his case.

Ian Shaw
Musician and Activist in Calais

More Speakers TBC.

This portest has been organised in the name of Hamed.

Today July 15 – “On a morning of sickening news, Sophie Muller woke first thing to a desperate voicemail from the 21 year old afghan who has been living with her family.
Despite an injunction to prevent his removal, he was illegally deported at 6am this morning. At 4am he was frantically trying to get hold of someone to tell them what was happening. His solicitor and his friends were asleep. He was flown to Holland, a country which routinely returns asylum seekers to Afghanistan as it is ‘safe’

Hamed, believe it or not- currently uncontactable in a detention centre somewhere in Holland; lived through bombs being thrown through the windows of his house; father, mother and 4 yr old sister taken by the Taliban as they tried to flee; unaccompanied young brother and cousin stuck in the mud, hunger and violence of Calais- is actually one of the lucky ones. He has friends, who are devastated but gearing up for the next stage of the fight. There are Dutch volunteers at the airport and at detention centres looking for him, he will be returned from his illegal removal, he will get the psych assessment and help he deserves and is entitled to.

But thousands of people are removed every year, injunctions and guidelines and laws are broken every day in our asylum system. Most of them have no voice, no advocate and many are deported to imprisonment or death” Rachel Matell

Afghanistan is not safe country:

Travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, hostage taking, military combat operations, landmines, banditry, armed rivalry between political and tribal groups, militant attacks, direct and indirect fire, suicide bombings, and insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne or other improvised explosive devices (IED). Attacks may also target official Afghan and U.S. government convoys and compounds, foreign embassies, military installations, commercial entities, restaurants, hotels, airports, and educational centers.

Extremists associated with various Taliban networks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province (ISKP), and members of other armed opposition groups are active throughout the country. ISKP has shown its operational capability, having attacked both Afghan and foreign government facilities. The Taliban and its affiliates routinely attack Afghan, Coalition and U.S. targets with little regard for civilian casualties. In April 2016 insurgents conducted a complex attack targeting the Afghan Department of High Protection headquarters in Kabul City, killing 47 people and wounding over 200. Subsequently, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying provincial appellate court staff, killing ten and wounding four in Kabul City. Additionally, the Taliban attacked the provincial court of Pul-i-Alam, Logar Province, resulting in seven people killed and 23 wounded.

There have been attacks on Coalition convoys in Kabul using vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) targeting U.S. citizens, such as the May 25, 2016 attack on a NATO convoy and the kidnapping of an Australian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) worker in Jalalabad in April. Additionally, a National Public Radio journalist was killed when the Afghan army unit he was traveling with came under attack in Helmand Province.

The risk of being kidnapped throughout Afghanistan remains a very high and constant threat. See Terrorism
In recent months there have been a number of significant attacks in Kabul, including:
19 April 2016 – a large vehicle borne explosive device was used in a complex attack in a residential area of Kabul during rush hour, reportedly killing at least 60 people
20 January 2016 – a vehicle borne explosive device and a magnetic explosive device were used in an attack on an Afghan news agency, killing at least 7 people
4 January 2016 – a large vehicle borne explosive device was used to attack a military base near Kabul airport
4 January 2016 – a vehicle borne explosive device was used to attack a military convoy near the airport in Kabul
1 January 2016 – a restaurant visited by international civilians was attacked in central Kabul, killing at least 1 person.

This is not acceptable! Join us in demanding that illegal deportations are stopped.

 

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Artworks by Liam Hourican

On our visit to the camp last weekend we meet Irish artist, activist and volunteer Liam Hourican. His work captures the spirit of the people and our friends currently living in the camp in an incredibly sincere way.

A lot of life for refugees in the camp is spent socializing and passing the time, drinking tea and discussing politics. While also patiently awaiting a chance to enter the UK and resume their lives with a degree of normality, after the trials of their travels to get to Europe after fleeing their countries.

Liams’ works captures the personalities of the people in the camp as well as their feelings and emotions, allowing us a glimpse into a life which is occurring geographically close to us, yet divided by papers which brutally separate us, confining them to the destitute land in which they find themselves living.

To purchase any of the prints, please follow this link. 

Jungle Books’, ‘Mo’ and ‘Habibi’ – Artworks by Liam Hourican

 

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