Singer Lily Allen apologizes to refugees in Calais, France

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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2016 file photo, migrants use a lavatory at a makeshift camp in Calais, northern France. Charities operating in Calais are opposing the planned dismantling of the border refugee camp on the French side of the English Channel. Although no official date has been set for the closure of the slum-like camp, the French government has announced it will shut it by the end of the year. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

LONDON (AP) — British singer Lily Allen has apologized for Britain's handling of the migrant crisis on a visit to a slum-like camp in northern France.

She said Wednesday she was sorry "on behalf of my country" after visiting refugees in Calais who are trying to enter Britain.

Allen was moved to tears after meeting a 13-year-old boy from Afghanistan who told her he was trying to be reunited with his father in England. She told him Britain had put him in danger by bombing Afghanistan, putting him in the hands of Taliban extremists, and having him risk his life trying to get to Britain.

The French government plans to dismantle the site and disperse its occupants. The first group of migrants is expected to be moved as soon as next week.