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RedR considers refugee aid assistance

Engineering charity RedR is considering its options for helping tackle the global refugee crisis.

The body, which trains aid workers in technical as well as humanitarian skills, said it was monitoring the unfolding disaster that has seen thousands of people flee from war-torn countries to Calais on the edge of the English Channel.

RedR said the Calais camps were undignified, cramped and unsanitary, and that support was urgently needed.

“A humanitarian crisis can happen anywhere,” said RedR UK chief executive Martin McCann.

“It just so happens that this time, there’s a humanitarian crisis happening on our doorstep. People are suffering - and a great many well-meaning individuals and groups have taken the initiative to help.

“Grassroots organisations have mobilised to collect donations, distribute essential items and provide support and solidarity. Their members are dedicated, intelligent and talented - but they don’t always have the necessary skills to make their contributions effective.

“This is where RedR may have a role to play. Over 35 years, we have trained the staff and partners of UN agencies, the Red Cross and national and international non-governmental organisations. But we have also trained individuals who have taken it upon themselves to try to alleviate suffering.”

RedR earlier this year deployed members to Nepal to help the disaster relief effort after the country suffered massive earthquakes.

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