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Young refugee left in limbo asks UK to honour its promise

The Government's announced ending of the so-called Dubs scheme that allowed unaccompanied refugee children into Britain has been met by heavy criticism and left young people in limbo in France.

British lawyers said 14-year-old Jonah had been cleared to enter the UK before he was taken away to a French reception centre that has now closed.

He had paid a high price to leave his native Eritrea as a persecuted Christian after his father was shot dead.

Now back in Calais, Jonah is among the desperate unaccompanied children who have been sheltering in squalid conditions and has appealed for Theresa May's administration to honour its "promise" to help him.

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Stranded migrants offered shelter in 'Jungle' church

Children on the roadside near the Credit: Liz Clegg/PA Wire

Around 70 people facing a second night of sleeping rough around the "Jungle" in Calais are being allowed into the camp's church and school, a charity has said.

Volunteers from Help Refugees said they are taking food and blankets to the stranded group, around half of whom are thought to be children.

Earlier on Thursday Home Secretary Amber Rudd reminded French authorities of their duty to "properly protect" children, amid reports youngsters were forced to sleep rough around the smoldering remains of the camp on Wednesday night.

Rudd tells French that Calais children need protection

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told French officials Calais children need proper protection. Credit: Reuters

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has spoken to French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve "to stress the need for children who remain in Calais to be properly protected" after dozens of youngsters were forced to sleep on the roadside of the Jungle camp.

UK to take in a "few hundred" more children from Calais camp.

Children pushed back from Calais 'Jungle' camp

Unaccompanied minors are reported to be being pushed back from the "Jungle" camp in Calais.

The charity Help Refugees estimated that there were between 100 and 200 children left in the camp on Thursday morning waiting to be processed.

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In response to police attempts to move them away from the camp, the minors stopped and one played a drum.

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