Saturday 1 October 2016

Jude Law and Tom Odell in Calais camp protest over plight of refugees

Published 21/02/2016 | 19:26

The Jungle camp is due to be dismantled
The Jungle camp is due to be dismantled

Actor Jude Law and singer Tom Odell were among a number of famous faces to take to the stage at the Jungle camp in Calais in a bid to raise the plight of refugees.

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The stars travelled to the site in France two days before it is due to be dismantled on the order of the the country's authorities.

More than 100 celebrities have already signed an open letter urging David Cameron to step in and ensure children based in the sprawling camp are saved.

An estimated 4,000 migrants and refugees from countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Iraq are currently based within the Jungle.

Many of them are unaccompanied children, aid charities have said.

On Sunday Law and Odell joined actress Juliet Stevenson and comedian Shappi Khorsandi, all of whom had already signed the letter to the Prime Minister, to reinforce their message that something must be done to help.

Speaking after the Letters Live event at the Jungle's makeshift Good Chance Theatre Law said: " It's our responsibility as humans to look after our children. The children in the camp at Calais need us. It isn't a big ask. It is simply the right thing to do."

Odell, who played alongside other musicians in the camp, described it as "one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences of my life".

A number of displaced refugees also performed at the event, which was held in support of aid organisation Help Refugees.

Afghan refugee Taj said: " We are ordinary people who want to live a peaceful life. Please open your hearts and borders to us, and help to end the war."

Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart has said the dismantling of the camp would keep migrants and refugees away from activists bent on causing disruption.

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