With the support of Collectif Requisitions, which includes the immigrant aid association Utopia 56, nearly 1000 immigrants and homeless people who set up tents in the Andre-Citroen park in front of the governorship of Paris and Ile-de-France on Wednesday, September 1, have not been provided with shelter.
Kyata, 21, of African descent, who set up a tent in the park, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that she came to France at the age of 15 and remained as an unprotected immigrant until she was 18.
Saying that she has a 3-year-old daughter, Kyata said, “My baby has been taken to the Child Protection Agency, but we have been staying on the streets and in tents for 3 months with my wife. No solution has been found yet. We are very tired, it is difficult to continue like this.” he said.
Saying that they were just looking for a place to lay their heads, the 115 line, which arranged for accommodation, never helped them, adding that they set up their tents and were fired from everywhere.
Expressing that the weather is cold and the situation is very difficult especially for children, Kyata said, “I want to work and integrate into French society. I have my own skills.” said.
Explaining that they were sick and could not find medicine, Kyata noted that they regretted disturbing people by setting up tents in the park.
The number of people in the park is increasing
Fanny Dulin, a member of the Droit au Logement (Right to Housing) charity, said there were hundreds of people in the tented area, but there were no toilets.
“I don’t know how long we will stay here. If a permanent solution to the need for shelter is not found, the number of people here will increase, and there will be people who do not feel safe elsewhere. As the state delays finding a solution, this place will become crowded.” Dulin said, emphasizing that the number of people setting up tents in the park has increased since Wednesday.
Dulin stated that their only aim as Collectif Requisitions is to provide permanent shelter to people who have been on the streets for months, adding, “As if our President (Emmanuel Macron) had promised that when he took office, he would not allow anyone to stay on the street, but we see that the number of people on the streets is increasing every day.” used the phrases.
Expressing that many children can be seen in the area where tents are set up in the park, Dulin stated that everyone is responsible for these images in 2021 France.
The 10th action organized by Collectif Requisitions for the homeless has been going on since noon on Wednesday.
It is stated that more than 3,600 homeless people have been sheltered thanks to the actions taken by the organization since December 2020.
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