In Paris we set off to deliver a van packed full of supplies to refugees. We took sleeping bags, blankets, coats and clothes, toiletries, hats and socks, underwear, tents and roll mats. Travelling with us was Pierre, a volunteer who is also a refugee himself, from Burundi, who was recently granted asylum in Belgium.
Despite the three hour travel time it was highly informative journey learning about the history of Burundi and the hardships Pierre experienced in his life which led to his current circumstances. This was an eye opening and educational story which I felt privileged to hear. It was truly humbling, especially as Pierre was so keen to come on the road trip as it had long been his dream to see the Eiffel Tower with his own eyes.
On arrival in Paris, we drove to Montmartre where we unloaded the van so that the donations could be distributed later that day. We had also brought with us a bag of supplies to take straight to the refugees ourselves.