Winter in Tours
In November, forty young people, in recourse or waiting for evaluation, have been hosted by solidarity hosts of Utopia 56 Tours, every night. For refugees on the streets, unaccompanied families and minors, volunteers distribute tents so that they can shelter. However, the prefecture engages a balance of power by forcing volunteers, and refugees on the street, to fold their tents every day. To make matters worse, the association Christians Migrants who usually provides evening meals can no longer supply the necessary quantities. Thus, Utopia 56 Tours volunteers organize a distribution of hot meals for unaccompanied minors on the street, between 20 and 40 meals a night.
On October 31, a citizen collective mediatized the citizen requisition of an unoccupied building, the C.L.O.U.S, to shelter isolated families and minors on the street. Just three days later, the prefecture sent police forces to illegally evict residents who had taken refuge there. After this event and thanks to many interventions with citizens, to make people aware of the hosting of refugees, civic actions are organized throughout the city. Thanks to all those who responded to the call for funding from the Tourangelle antenna, young people will now be welcomed during the day in our new premises!
On November 8, the Utopia 56 coordinators from Tours were invited to present the Winter Plan of the Prefecture. Conclusion? Families will be better protected during the night (115), but isolated minors are the forgotten ones of the winter.
Other than that, our volunteers offer daily French tutoring and a small outing to the Museum of Fine Arts to relax a little bit. Some also had the opportunity to speak about the solidarity accommodation of unaccompanied minors and the reception of exiles during the screening of the movie Libre at Langeais. And finally, this year for the month of December, we have proposed an inverted Advent calendar which the principle is to give rather than receive: until the arrival of Santa Claus, we can put every day a little something which could be useful to an isolated minor on the street.