Monday 11 December 2017

'The refugee children of Calais made me crumble', says Dawn O'Porter

Dawn in Calais
Dawn in Calais

Dawn O'Porter is in France to help refugees in the large camps in Calais.

The designer and presenter has been raising awareness about the plight of the 3,000 migrants who have been living in the makeshift camp for months.

Prior to arriving there, Dawn had been fundraising and collecting donations for weeks.

Refugees have come from warn-torn regions such as Syria and Libya. Dawn described the atmosphere as "friendly but bleak".

"It's raining so hard here in Calais. Shelters are being built, but not fast enough," she said.

"I'm huddled in a shelter to escape the rain. Experiencing such hospitality and such a welcome.

"We are sharing tea and sharing stories. These people have been through more than we can imagine," she added.

The 35-year-old, who is married to Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, also met a group of Irish volunteers who were building a women's shelter.

"Good people," she captioned a snap of the group.

The mum-of-one posted numerous pictures including of graffiti, make-shift shops and people washing their clothes.

She spoke to lots of people in the camp and said the most heartbreaking was the children, who made her "crumble".


"I met so many different kinds of people, with such different stories and reasons and goals," she said.

"Many have families here that they can't reach. I can't take pictures of the refugees as it may damage their chance of asylum.

"The children were so cute and so unaware. They made me totally crumble. I dread the winter for them," she added.

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