Dunkirk Commemoration

“There are two things that I will always remember about my time working in Calais, the smell and the shoes – if they had any. The smell of bonfire on people’s clothes: their only source of warmth. And the sand embedded into their shoes, a soundless sign of another failed attempt to cross and escape this hostility.” – Rebekah Hester

As we mark the two year anniversary of the Channel Tragedy where at least 27 people drowned in the English Channel in their attempt to find safety in the UK, our Resettlement Coordinator, Rebekah Hester shares her experience of that night in Calais on the 24th November 2021.