Watch Lily Allen Visit the Calais Refugee Camps: “It’s Inhumane, Isn’t It?”
Posted on 13 October 2016
Lily Allen is the subject of a new BBC video following the singer to the Calais “Jungle,” a refugee encampment in the north of France. It begins with the singer in her north London studio, working on her next studio album—“I hope, on a personal level, to see things for myself so that I know and I can talk openly about it, having experienced it, even for a very short amount of time.” She then goes on to volunteer at a facility sorting donations for refugees, and later breaks down while speaking to a teenage refugee from Afghanistan, who describes his journey to Calais. “I apologize on behalf of my country. I’m sorry for what we’ve put you through,” she says. Near the end, Allen reflects on her experience: “It’s just desperate, isn’t it? I’m shocked, really, that this is happening in such close proximity to where we live. Something has to be done… It’s inhumane, isn’t it?” Watch the full video below.
The Calais “Jungle” is slated to be demolished before the end of the year; it could happen as early as next week. The British government is currently negotiating how many child refugees from the camp could be allowed into the United Kingdom—there are estimated to be “at least 1,000 unaccompanied minors in Calais.”
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