King’s Lynn meeting to hear of ‘Jungle’ experience

The 'Jungle' in Calais

The 'Jungle' in Calais

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A speaker will be telling a meeting in Lynn on Monday about his experience of the makeshift Jungle refugee camp in Calais.

Mitch Mitchell is speaking at King’s Lynn and District Trades Council’s monthly meeting.

He has recently arrived home from an exhausting but rewarding trip to Calais to help with a distribution of clothes.

He describes how seeing a smile on the faces of people who have just found a shirt, a coat or a pair of trousers which they liked was a moving experience.

Those who made the trip to feed and clothe destitute people then experienced difficulties from the UK Border Agency staff, who challenged them about the purpose of their journey.

Jo Rust, who has organised the event, said: “Mr Mitchell and other members of the group met some incredible people and seeing so many refugees in such a desperate situation was eye opening for all those who travelled.

“The trades council has undertaken work to bust the myth of migrants and the impact they have on UK society.

“The national media are currently portraying ordinary citizens, forced from their homes because of war, poverty and genocide as people to be feared. Mitch will be providing a different perspective – the human face of refugees.”

This talk will be open to all. Usual business will be conducted in private for trade union members, once the talk has ended.

The talk at 7pm is at Freebridge Community Rooms in Columbia Way.