Calais - The Truth

Former soldier Rob Lawrie returned to Skipton to share his experiences of working in the Calais 'jungle' and other refugee camps across Europe. Rob became well known after he found himself on trial in France accused of trying to smuggle a 4 year old Afghan girl out of the country to join her family in Leeds. Rob learned a hard lesson from his 'crime of compassion', trying to help four year old Bahar to a better life.

The events leading to the trial and what happened next forms the basis of a book Rob is working on. Rob is also in discussions with script writers and producers in Hollywood who are keen to develop a film out of the story.

It was fascinating and incredibly moving to hear his story first hand. For more information check out

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