Saturday 3 February 2018

Calais shooting.

I have no idea what to say on this subject but will write the facts as far as I can and perhaps I will be able to make some sense of it all at the end.

From what I understand a mass brawl took place on Thursday between Eritrean and Afghan migrants in the French port town of Calais resulting in four of the migrants being in critical condition and another two who were also shot suffering less serious gunshot wounds.

A total of 22 people were hospitalised, some from stab wounds whilst others were attacked with iron bars, sticks and rocks. The seriously injured migrants were Eritrean youths aged 16-18 one of whom had been hit by a bullet in the back of the neck and according to the BBC a 37 year old Afghan man is suspected of shooting at a queue waiting for food handouts.

Some aid organisations have blamed these actions on criminal gangs and said the initial fight lasted almost two hours and began on the southern outskirts of Calais whilst migrants were queuing for food.

The French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said there had been an escalation of violence and the clashes and been exceptionally serious and had followed 3 deaths and 2 nearly fatal accidents in the last 2 months.

Only two months ago there was another fight between migrants which resulted in gunshot wounds after an incident involving Afghans where 5 people were injured and was believed to be between smugglers settling accounts.

What on earth can be so good about Britain that would encourage migrants to stay in these conditions risking their lives and not to register in France and be taken to safety, I've always found France to be quite a pleasant country and can see no reason for not wanting to live there.

Perhaps it's a foolish question to ask, but how can the French police allow these marauding gangs to be running amok armed with illegal guns? Has anybody been arrested for these deaths?

Obviously I don't know the answer to the problem of the migrants in Calais but it seems curious to me the these people would have marched for miles and miles through a considerable number of European countries with the sole intention of getting to Britain and be so desperate to get there that they are willing to live in Calais, risking their lives in the process. I thought they were trying to escape violence.

For those of you who have read my previous blogs you may have noticed I always write a little tongue in cheek with a touch of sarcasm and generally like to put a witty paragraph or two into the story, however I must apologise if I have disappointed you as, try as hard as I could, I could find nothing funny about this story.

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