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Homeless under lockdown: the faces of France’s coronavirus nightmare

In this event of Unreported Europe, Euronews’ Valerie Gauriat reports about the dire plight of asylum seekers, migrants, and displaced folks in France as the nation stems from lockdown.

For the time being, the final of domestic borders, as a result of COVID-19, has scuppered any hope for those people to leave France for a brand new life in the united kingdom. Nonetheless, it isn’t only about the sport of cat and mouse with the government, what’s become evident for people living on the fringes of society in France, is this health crisis has made their everyday battle for survival a good deal tougher.

During France, charities are forced to scale aid following weeks of lockdown.

Supporting the demands of an estimated million people in Calais has turned into a challenge.

So the terms are getting worse. And from the other side, individuals that are helping are prevented from doing this. We have had 26 penalties for moving out on patrol, providing meals, or blankets.

“They aren’t fearful of this Coronavirus.”

Basic clinical tests are completed daily.

“Every exposed individual or migrant has its temperature obtained by the civil defense groups. If there is an issue, they report this, and require them to hospital, if necessary. Until today, no COVID-19 instances are seen on this website, at least in the previous two months,” states Christian Hoggard, by Secours Populaire, North Branch.

The dreadful living conditions where some 600 people reside, affect them they insist – compared to a virus.

“The individuals are not terrified of coronavirus since they had plenty of issues, they moved through plenty of dangerous items, which were worse than Coronavirus. Plus they’re here. They aren’t fearful of this Coronavirus,” claims Dana Babaie, an asylum seeker.

It’s a similar film in different parts of France. On the outskirts of Lyon, at the southeast of the state, we locate a slum where many families from Syria reside in squalid conditions, despite the broader public health catastrophe.

Still pending refugee status, they cannot find work or housing, and no longer get any asylum seekers allowance. The only help they get is by a charity started with a few women throughout the lockdown and a few regional residents.

“Considering that the coronavirus began, nobody comes here anymore. We fulfilled Sofia and Nawel that come to assist us. We ask God along with the French authorities to assist us to revive our gains! The moment they do so, we’ll leave immediately!”

“We discovered nothing else we tried to squat at a home, we remained there four times, and the authorities evicted us. My husband hunted everywhere with no chance, and in the end he constructed this location, so I could give birth, and we live here,” says one girl.

The pandemic has just made the wait for replies to administrative processes – undertaken with the assistance of both Sofia and her staff at Baraka Association – much longer. With lockdown end, the danger of eviction is vain.

“I fear that the worst, I fear the worst for these since we have had no official response in any way. And in any case, once we have answers, they are fairly negative. What’s going to happen to them? Where?

“We haven’t any medication, we don’t have any money. .to purchase gloves, or masks”
Across the nation mobile health teams are set up one of the most vulnerable to prevent and discover COVID-19. We follow them into a disused garage that has been changed to a squat. Approximately 80 people, all Roma households, are residing here.

“it is a critical, crucial issue, the virus. We’ve got no medication, we don’t have any money to visit the drugstore, to purchase eyeglasses or masks,” Harry informs us.

The neighborhood shares two bathrooms and a water hose.

While no event of coronavirus was identified from the squat, however, caregivers fear that the risk is not far away.

“We see patients having cardiovascular disorders, respiratory ailments. All these are vulnerable health issues which are potentially quite serious concerning COVID-19. The challenge would be to recognize these and have them taken care of correctly. That will make it feasible to halt the illness from spreading, and possibly, save beds in intensive care units. But the actual question is: How do we properly look after the very delicate, the homeless, and also provide them adequate living circumstances, to prevent problems we are seeing? If we had taken care of them before we would likely have far fewer severe instances and much better follow up”

Adequate living conditions to the bad – it is a predicament which torments Kamel, who frequently helps a huge family of Roma who has been residing in automobiles in the center of Lyon for many decades.

“It is my father, he is a 70-year-old guy. He is in the car. It is difficult for him since he is an old guy, he is ill, says Marius, a part of the displaced household. He adds “… Six individuals sleep, four kids and two adults”

Not able to find work, the household live by begging, but through the current lockdown which became next to impossible. It remains a struggle – but they insist that they have isn’t any alternate.

“There is no other alternative! A guy said, “Lady move away, there’s the coronavirus!” It is so hard, the coronavirus,” Dorina informs us.

Kamel, a resident at Lyon, slams the police because of its lack of activity in helping the household.

“It is correct that by remaining restricted here they are not as likely to capture corona… But beyond this, they’ve been living here for ages! If I do not bring food, or ask other people to help, no one goes, neither the authorities, nor the city hall, nor anybody in any respect. Will they need to remain here all of their lives?”

They say that they can not take it anymore.

1 man informs, “We have been around the streets Searching for work, then the virus came and that was the end of the,” adding: “I Only Want to Return to Romania.”

“We can not go out to find work, we can not live! Folks are fearful of us, they are preventing us and we prevent them because of this virus,” says the other person. He concludes by telling us”We will need to find work. .now we’re only awaiting the boundaries to start, to go home, We can not remain here no more.”

A desire that the sanitary catastrophe may compromise for a while.