Calais: fears grow for dozens of children amid chaotic camp shutdown

Charities fear for safety of unregistered minors as French officials try to declare clearout complete and fires ravage camp.

Scores of unaccompanied children remain unaccounted for in an increasingly chaotic situation at the Calais refugee camp, where French authorities tried to declare that it would be completely cleared at the end of the day.

Charities working at the site estimated about 100 children remained there without adequate safeguards, and called for the dismantling of the site to be halted amid growing concern for their welfare.

Save the Children said it was “extremely concerned” about children who had not been registered as parts of the camp went up in flames. About 100 were still in the queue when the registration centres were “swiftly” closed, the charity said. Read more on