GROUND UPDATE

Dunkirk Refugees

There are up to 700 people, including many families, living rough in Dunkirk. We've encountered at least 70 children under the age of 10.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are feeling a lot of financial pressure as we are currently serving over 1300 meals a day. We're supporting those 700 people, plus 300 more in Calais as well as providing food to over 100 people living in unofficial camps in the region. And more people are arriving daily!

From brutal heat to pouring rain, and almost constant evictions/clearances by the authorities, this summer has been miserable. Tensions are high as large groups of people try to live together in a very limited amount of tents (hundreds were confiscated last week) or survive under shared pieces of plastic tarpaulin. Despite these horrible conditions people continue to show resilience.

We are so grateful for our volunteers and our sister groups Help RefugeesL'Auberge des MigrantsDunkirk / Dunkerque Refugee Women's CentreRefugee Info Bus حافلة المعلومات للاجئين مسیر راهنمای پناهندگانUtopia 56Refugee Youth ServiceMobile Refugee Support and everyone else who is tirelessly providing support and solidarity through these deplorable conditions.

Besides increasing numbers, Eid is next week and we'd like to make it special, so right now we need funds more than anything.

Please spread the word and donate what you can!

It's #RefugeeWeek2018!

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It's #RefugeeWeek2018! We don't often share photos of the people we serve or of our food distributions because we are very serious about creating safe spaces and don't generally allow photography. That being said, we are run by people for people! Here's an email that wrenched our hearts and strengthened our resolve:

Re: Hello everyone my name's ***** I'm from Sudan.

"I have been in Calais the jungle and it was one of the most difficult times I have ever lived in. I have stayed in the forest for nearly a year and a half. I have enjoyed the most beautiful friends in my life. They devoted their time to us and did everything they could to meet our needs of eating, drinking, dressing and treating like never before. After that I was lucky and entered the UK but unfortunately returned me to Italy after a short time because of my fingerprints and here I am back again but settled in France and thank God I've got official papers and permanent residence, but whenever I hear the news of the immigrants, my heart breaks because I have passed through these experiences and I know how to live without freedom and humanity and therefore you are the ones who draw the smile in our faces and the joy in our hearts..."

Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea & The Guilty Feminist Podcast came to Calais!

Massive thanks to Aisling Bea and Sara Pascoe for telling the world about Refugee Community Kitchen on the The Guilty Feminist Podcast!

While the entire episode is amazing, if you scroll to 1:15 you can hear them talk about their experience at Refugee Community Kitchen.

Some of our favorite quotes include:

"They make gorgeous, wonderful food every single day. And it's the best disco I've ever been to, the vibe is great. There's a huge amount of energy...If you think you're too busy, if you go for a day, you'll be a pair of extra hands and an influx of energy."

There are so many words, 'refugee, migrant, immigrant' that make people faceless, they're dehumanized and the point of Refugee Community Kitchen isn't just to provide food so that people don't die, it's giving them some human interaction....

There's a sort of feeling of fear in the world where everything's so overwhelming, I'd rather take a nap and hide. We have to make a decision as humans and go, "I don't know what to do but today [to fix the world] I'm going to give you a hot meal and I'm not going to give up being a human and I'm not going to stop seeing you as a human... If you go out and you volunteer, the decision is 'today I'm going to go out and be human and I'm going to look at you in the eyes, we are both just humans trying to get through the day and there's no bigger solution than that." - Aisling Bea

Give it a listen!

Please support Refugee Community Kitchen during Ramadan!

We are doing our best to support people who are observing Ramadan while living rough in Calais and Dunkirk by distributing fresh fruit, dates, flapjacks and boiled eggs (on top of 1000-1200 hot meals day)!

Each pack only costs £.80 and will hopefully make someone's Ramadan a little brighter, please share & donate what you can!

Doing our best

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We are doing our best to support people who are observing Ramadan while living rough in Calais and Dunkirk by distributing fresh fruit, dates, flapjacks and boiled eggs (on top of 1000-1200 hot meals day)!

Each pack only costs £.80 and will hopefully make someone's Ramadan a little brighter, please share & donate what you can!

Up-date from our co-founder Sam Jones

Hello good people, we would like to send out a message of heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all volunteers, fundraisers and supporters of RCK and its sister orgs.

You may well of have seen the horrific news about the recent tragic and unnecessary loss of a young life due to extremely inhumane and aggressive policing tactics, we are all deeply shocked and saddened by this serious incident, policies must change, people must come first.

The need to support the marginalised communities we currently help is as great as ever, whether on the streets of London or in the towns or countryside of northern France.

We're currently providing around 1300-1400 meals per day in Northern France and 180-240 per week in London, we are also distributing dates and fruit packs to help those who are observing Ramadan.

Our volunteers work tirelessly to provide thoughtful and compassionate support through food and water distribution daily, without your support and the immense ongoing efforts from our volunteers none of this would be possible.

Thank you all, a little compassion goes a long long way.

To get involved please email: refugeecommunitykitchen@gmail.com

Have a great week xxx

RIP beautiful Mawda

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The mood is somber here in the kitchen after finding out that a two year old child who we have been supporting in Dunkirk was killed by the police today.

We are struggling to support the Kurdish community in Dunkirk with food, hoping to bring a little light into their Ramadan, while the local authorities carry out evictions that force families to make desperate bids for the safety they hope to find in the UK.

Our team is struggling to stay positive today while witnessing on-going crimes against humanity being carried out in northern France (and Belgium).

We are given hope by the people we serve, who showed grace and humility today while living in squalor and finding out that they had lost a young member of their community.

Ben's Coconut Mango Daal

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Here's a Refugee Community Kitchen recipe for you to try out at home 🍽❤️

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Butternut Squash, peeled and deseeded 
400g Yellow Split Peas or Red Lentils
1 Onion, peeled and finely sliced 
4 cloves of Garlic, peeled and grated
Thumb size piece of Ginger grated
3tsp Coriander seeds
3tsp Cumin seeds
2tsp Turmeric powder
100g Dried mango
250ml Coconut cream
Small bunch of fresh Coriander
150ml Olive Oil
1.5ltr Vegetable Stock
Salt and Pepper to taste

METHOD
- Pre heat the oven to 190°c. Dice the squash into 1cm cubes, get them on a baking tray with a generous drizzle of Olive Oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast the squash for 25 mins or until soft and beginning to brown.

- While the squash is roasting, add 50ml of Olive Oil to a large saucepan and on a medium/high heat fry the Coriander and Cumin seeds until they begin to pop and become fragrant. Now add the Turmeric, Garlic and Ginger and continue to cook for another minute. Add the Onion and sweat it down for about 5 mins or until it begins to brown.

- Add the Split Yellow Peas/Red Lentils, followed by the Vegetable Stock and Coconut Cream, stir it all together well. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about an hour, stirring regularly so it doesn't stick. If the Daal becomes too thick and stodgy whilst cooking just loosen it with a little more stock or water.

- While the Daal is cooking, cover the dried Mango with boiling water and leave for 5 mins. Use a stick blender to blitz the Mango and water into a smooth paste then add it to the Daal, make sure you mix it well.

- Combine the fresh Coriander and remaining oil in a bowl and blitz until smooth.

- When the pulses are soft and completely cooked through, season to taste with Salt and Pepper and finish it by stirring in the Coriander oil and roasted Squash.

Portion size = 6