Smoke rises from the jungle during a major fire. The camp, from which the fire is emanating, is blocked from view by the road to the port that connects France to the UK. This eventful day in May claimed three people's lives, whilst flames burnt the homes of 100+ refugees. French police were the only emergency services on the scene, however, by blasting their tear gas cannons into the crowds they provided a hostile presence instead of a calming one. Media coverage for the incident was almost non-existent in the UK. forward marching, french boys in bleu.police RADIOS BEEP ORDERS, DEM BOYS KNOW WHAT DO journeys forced by blood and oilDISPLACED PEOPLE FORGE NEW CONNECTIONSHIVA reBUILDs atop STUBBORN SOIL
Here marks the highest point in the Calais refugee camp. People come here for mobile phone signal to catch up on news and communication with loved ones. It is probably the best place to survey the camp in it's entirety.
From the higest point in the camp. The Eerie looking shipping containers in the background have been adapted for refugee accomodation. Bordered with barbed wire fencing and requiring fingerprint recognition for entry, this sterile camp within the camp is organised by the French government and only accessible to those that claim asylum within the French system, which is an unattractive prospect for many.
From the highest point in the camp. Most people in the camp find accommodation in temporary tents or shelter structures, the majority of which are comprised of parts donated by international contributors. In March, French authorities razed half of the camp to the ground, destroying peoples homes (again) and forcing them into less space. The 5000 or so people in the camp at the time did not decrease in number, but were instead forced to make do with less space. There is now anywhere between 7,000-10,000 refugees in the remaining space.
From the Highest point in the camp. a man claims his overdue cellular signal atop the highest point in the camp whilst sitting in front of government run accommodation for refugees (shipping containers).
Does the moon exist if nobody is looking at it? Yes. Everyone has a responsibly to their fellow human despite. The refugee camp in Calais is less than 100 miles from London, with a car, coach or train you can bring yourself, donations of food and clothes to begin to understand the crisis and work towards its solution.
Mohammed from Sudan is chasing his dream of studying medecine at Oxford University in London. He lives temporarily in the Calais Jungle, just beyond Britain's external border, which is designed to keep undesirable foreigners out. Mo tries regularly to enter the UK via inadequate sized vehicle compartments.I didn't tell him that Oxford University continues to honour colonial pioneers, such as Cecil Rhodes, whose blind pursuit of capitalist gain in the 19th century, underdeveloped subsaharan Africa so significantly as to make economic stability an unobtainable ambition for most of today's emerging African youth. (part i / part ii / part iii)
Borders are imaginary features of nationhood that determine where some people can and can't go. Two humans embrace following the end of a hard day's work building a social centre, one is a volunteer the other an asylum seeker. People make bonds, greed makes borders.
.This be the skeleton of a social centre I helped build during a short visit to the Jungle in July. Most of the work had been completed by the time I arrived by a mixed team of refugees and volunteers.the ingenuity that is so plainly visible around the camp, the available skills and methodologies that have their roots in so many different countries converge in this bizarre place in France. Noone was paid to build this social centre and yet its necessity was reconised it was built.
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