It’s all OK for squaddies though, eh?

The squalid conditions inside former military barracks hastily converted into refugee camps are revealed for the first time today amid mounting opposition to the Home Office move.

Images of the “unsanitary and unsuitable” living quarters inside the disused army training camps show crowded dormitories where it appears challenging to socially distance. The British Red Cross said that the Ministry of Defence sites, surrounded by barbed wire and high fences, were not fit to house vulnerable and traumatised asylum seekers who had fled conflict.

So far two sites – in Penally, Pembrokeshire, and Folkestone, Kent – which together could house more than 600 asylum seekers while their claims are being processed, have been converted.

Jennifer Blair of the Helen Bamber Foundation, which supports refugees who have endured extreme cruelty, said the pictures from inside the military camps prompted fresh disquiet.

“For a start, there’s a lack of privacy for showers and sleeping, and for survivors of rape and abuse that is unacceptable. The Welsh site in particular looks really rundown, with bunk beds and concerns over social distancing.

“It is unacceptable to house survivors of torture and human trafficking in unsanitary and unsuitable conditions. The use of barracks as refugee camps has been done without adequate risk assessment, proper vulnerability screening and specialist trauma-informed healthcare.”

24 thoughts on “It’s all OK for squaddies though, eh?”

  1. But Tim, the squaddies would have been White. And Male. Not beautiful diversity who deserve en-suite showers and lavish hotel rooms.

  2. “For a start, there’s a lack of privacy for showers and sleeping, and for survivors of rape and abuse that is unacceptable.”

    Absolutely unacceptable. They should be given privacy, counselling, and decent conditions. In their country of origin.

  3. crowded dormitories where it appears challenging to socially distance

    That must be a real kicker for someone that’s managed to socially distance all the way from the shithole they left, to the shithole in France, to the tiny rubber dinghy floating across the Channel.

    The British Red Cross said that the Ministry of Defence sites, surrounded by barbed wire and high fences, were not fit to house vulnerable and traumatised asylum seekers who had fled conflict.

    That’s fine, they aren’t being used to house vulnerable and traumatised asylum seekers.

  4. We should offer Calais a chance to rejoin the UK. In return we clear all the invaders out of “Pale” around the town and protect their import/export trade.

  5. A large chunk of the barracks in Shornecliffe used to house Gurkhas, but a bit of basic research is beyond these twats.
    Each refugee is given a mobile phone and some pocket money and is free to roam the streets. Notionally they have a 10pm curfew, but it is not actually enforced. Needless to say there is wifi and gym facilities on site.

  6. “Unsanitary?” “Squalid?” I seem to recall a fair percentage of my time in a similar establishment was spent scrubbing floors and keeping the place spotless. A decent drill sergeant wouldn’t go amiss.

  7. ‘Jennifer Blair of the Helen Bamber Foundation, which supports refugees who have endured extreme cruelty’

    I’m impressed that she can differentiate them from the economic refugees.

  8. They always have the opportunity to go home. I’m sure the British government would find it far cheaper to just dump them on a plane and fly them back to Shitholestan.

    ‘A decent drill sergeant wouldn’t go amiss.’ A nice idea BG, but I must admit I was thinking more in terms of a slave driver with a whip.

  9. There are plenty of “in use” barracks which are, well, more than a little dilapidated. There are many more which have facilities well well below the standard set by even cheap B&Bs. Nescliffe is a particular not-a-favourite, and certainly manages the “no privacy in showers” stuff (although the military manages the unsuitability by the wonderfully innovative expedient of segregation by sex – no, actual sex, not gender.)

    I’m not sure any of the ones I’ve visited recently count as “squalid” though. Rollestone probably came closest although I haven’t been exiled there for a while.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    Bernie G.

    “Unsanitary?” “Squalid?” I seem to recall a fair percentage of my time in a similar establishment was spent scrubbing floors and keeping the place spotless. A decent drill sergeant wouldn’t go amiss.

    Yep. And what’s the betting the started out clean and sanitary?

  11. What’s the betting that incidents of spontaneous combustion continue?

    – iirc Penally’s already “caught fire”

  12. “For a start, there’s a lack of privacy for showers and sleeping, and for survivors of rape and abuse that is unacceptable.”

    But the camps are only housing males. Jennifer Blair of the Helen Bamber Foundation should do some research before spouting her organisations standard claptrap.

  13. People here seem to use the derogatory abbreviation “shithole” for what is, in fact, The Democratic People’s Republic of Shitholia. Manners, please.

  14. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Shitholistan is at daggers drawn with The Democratic People’s Republic of Shitholia.

  15. I’ve spent a good few weekends at Penally camp. It’s currently used by both cadets and the regular army for training, being near ranges and castlemartin. Dilapidated is definitely the right word. Probably better than a shack in Calais though. I’m fully expecting it to have been thoroughly renovated by the time I’m allowed back. If it hasn’t been burned down of course.

  16. @sadbutmad – unfortunately your average muslim will rape anything and anybody – male/donkey/goat – remember – woman are for breeding/ boys for pleasure/ a melon for ectasy

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