Nine volunteers from Batley have visited an infamous migrant camp in Calais to deliver essential aid.
Shaban Hussain, Zahid Niaz, Arshad Ghanni, Zahoor Nazir, Haroon Rashid, Saqib Razaq, Yasir Mahmood and Abid Hussain travelled with the Pakistan and Kashmir Welfare Association to the makeshift ‘Jungle’ camp in the French port to donate sleeping bags, blankets, toiletries and water bottles.
The group were inspired by earlier aid missions to take part in the trip, and were also affected by the image of Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi’s body on a Turkish beach.
“Within two weeks we managed to commit nine volunteers and tons of essential items packed into three large vans,” said Zahid.
“The camp is called Jungle, however the conditions of these human beings was worse than mistreated animals. They were living in unhygienic, cramped, muddy camp conditions with no infrastructure in fields - it brought tears to my eyes,” added Shaban.
The group believe that more needs to be done by governments to alleviate the suffering of the migrants, and are hoping to send more aid in the coming months to support people during the cold weather. They have thanked everyone who donated items and for helping to make the mission a success.