Volunteers reacted calmly and in a measured way. We went inside the camp and opened up our vaccination clinic and prepared to receive casualties with injuries, burns and smoke inhalation. Vans were packed at the warehouse with sleeping bags and blankets and we stored them in the dome, Good Chance Calais, next door to us. The effected Sudanese residents were patient and graceful as they queued for sleeping bags and we counted out who had lost their homes. The dome became a safe, warm space to sleep as did the Woman's Centre and Ashram Kitchen, all community hubs inside The Jungle. We checked all three places for injuries but fortunately only very minor. Unknown at this point how many people were treated by the Ambulance Service or if anyone is missing.
This came after a challenging but successful day despite many obstacles. We have now vaccinated over 100 people thanks to three volunteer paramedics who came out and our space is becoming a popular place to hang out, draw, write and play music.
Our thoughts are with Parisians at the moment after the terrible and shocking terrorist attacks. We know this will affect us in The Jungle as the story unfolds but we are unsure how.
We cannot stop to mourn for Paris as we have to open up our clinic and find tents and shelters for the poor residents who have lost their homes. I am confident we will find solutions today, I am so proud of the way all the volunteers responded last night. There aren't any major charities or NGO's here, the volunteers are all unpaid and here out of goodwill but we quickly reacted to events like professionals despite many not having experiences in this. The residents of the camp remained a pleasure to work with, calm and respect ensued.