The flood of the Garonne devastated the barracks of about fifteen Albanians. They went back there a few days ago. Their living conditions are not far from being inhuman.
A black mattress of dry mud on the foothills of the Pierre-de-Coubertin bridge, Empalot district. Lower down, dirty, damp sheets are stretched out on rusty shopping carts and a few surrounding trees by the Garonne. About fifteen Albanian nationals with children reinvested in the area despite the flood which washed away part of their barracks. The place, which was already particularly unsanitary before the floods, has become infected. Even if the freezing cold that reigns over Toulouse on January 18 attenuates the nauseating smell that emanates from these makeshift cabins.
Mirela, 42, in France for five months, penetrated into one of them which is somehow standing up, thanks to two security barriers. “The water seeped everywhere. She rose a good meter above the ground. Everything is soaked and full of slush. We’ve been busy cleaning ourselves up for three days, but there’s still a lot to do, ”she explains in fairly clear French. She serves as a translator for the other members of the camp seated by the fireside. A shivering mother, her face frozen with fatigue. Esat, her husband vituperates: “We live here like dogs! We have to stay somewhere else. We can’t go on like this, we’re just scared that the river is overflowing again. »
Refusal to be relocated before the floods
The day before, the group received a visit from Doctors of the World. Esat had his knee sounded in bad shape. It is operable but it will have to deflate. It was the humanitarian association Utopia 56, born when the jungle was created in Calais, that put them in touch with the practitioners. Antoine Bazin, local coordinator of the NGO, has been following this small group for several months. He worries about the future: “When the water started to rise, the police asked them to leave the place, they found themselves in the street. They come back but they have nothing, no water or a place to change. This generated a little more instability and insecurity among them. Because of that, the children no longer go to school. »
The State services ensure that they are monitoring the situation closely. “Their recent resettlement is the subject of particular attention and teams of marauders from the SIAO (Integrated reception and orientation service) are regularly dispatched there. “, indicates the prefecture which recalls that “when these people left the camp on Sunday January 9, they made no request for shelter”. »