The third of September, over one hundred people settle down in a middle of Clermont-Ferrand, France. There are asylum-seekers, rejected asylum seekers, refugees, women, men, children who don’t have anywhere to go.
Today there are more than 300 hundred including 90 kids. They flee war, persecution or political repression. They covered thousands of kilometres through no man’s land where their fundamental rights were violated. Enslaved, humiliated, tortured, raped, they are easy prey for all kind of traffics. Shattering story which it hard to understand when you are born in a very developed country like France.
Unfortunately, we already known this kind of story. We heard them 2 years ago in Lesbos, Greece. Back then, they were dreaming about Europe, about Germany, England or France. Back then they had hope. Today, they are sleeping outside in our country as the winter season approaches.
Regardless of who is at fault, we do not do politic, the only thing we care is the people. We need to treat them for what they are: Human being. We need to treat them as we would like to be treated if we were in their shoes. Show us that France is still the country of human rights.
During more than 2 months, NGO and volunteers respond to their needs every single day, days and nights. Providing food, water, medical care, shelter and even legal advice. We have seen people from all the social class coming to help. Bringing some staff, offering their time, trying to get involved and that was great to see.
Today, it looks like that a temporary solution has been found. All this people are going to be relocate in gymnasium around the city. It is not the best option but it is still one. Hopefully the state will provide better equipment soon.
We are very proud to be part of this solidarity movement and we would like to thanks all the people involved, all the organisations, all the citizen who came every time they could to help those people. Thanks to Mickael Crepel for his photograph and a big thank you to Clement Rousseau, CEO of Sushi Shop Clermont-Ferrand, and Co-founder of Woke, for bringing so much food during these months.