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"Jungle" children head to new lives in Britain

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 01:29

A second group of unaccompanied children leave the Calais 'Jungle' camp for Britain, where they will be reunited with their families. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This is what they are leaving behind -- the so-called jungle camp in Calais. A second group of children, mostly from Afghanistan, are heading to Britain TO join relatives across the Channel. Sixteen-year-old Azizulah is one of twelve minors on Tuesday's list. . (SOUNDBITE) (English) 16-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN MIGRANT CHILD, AZIZULAH, SAYING: (FACE NOT ON CAMERA) "Yeah, my dream come true because I want to see my brother. I miss him." The transfers come after the British government acted on its commitment to take-in unaccompanied migrant children before the Calais camp is destroyed. Vincent Berton is a sub-prefect in Calais. 14. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CALAIS SUB-PREFECT, VINCENT BERTON, SAYING: "The idea is to give shelter to lone children from the Calais camp who find themselves in difficult and vulnerable situations -- children who are under pressure from people trafficking. So we want to put them in a safe place as quickly as possible, and particularly in Great Britain, if they have family there." The Red Cross estimates that 1,000 unaccompanied children are living in the 'Jungle.' 178 have been identified as having family ties to Britain. So far 80 children had been accepted for transfer from France to Britain -- a journey that begins with hope after so much despair.

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"Jungle" children head to new lives in Britain

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 01:29