Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Great Wall of Calais Is 'Dangerous'; Build Bridges Instead, Say Doctors

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Great Wall of Calais Is 'Dangerous'; Build Bridges Instead, Say Doctors

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Byline: ROB MERRICK

REFUGEE groups have condemned plans for a Great Wall of Calais to prevent migrants boarding trucks to cross the Channel to Britain as cruel and dangerous.

The British Government came under fire after revealing that a 4m high, 1km long wall, costing $3.3 million, would be part of the latest attempts to strengthen security as the crisis at the French port grows. Work is to start this month, along an approach road, to thwart migrants who have used rocks, shopping trolleys and tree trunks to try to stop vehicles - allowing them to climb aboard and reach Britain.

Doctors of the World provides care to refugees in Calais and called the spending of taxpayers' money on the wall "as outrageous as it is ludicrous". Leigh Daynes, its executive director, said: "Bridges, not walls, are the answer to the humanitarian catastrophe in Calais. Walls do more than repel. They exacerbate the already fragile mental health of traumatised people. They are as cruel as they are meaningless in the face of a global refugee crisis that knows no boundaries. …

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