In this video poem, Abu Walid expresses his feelings about his “safe space” and “home” tent within a desperate refugee camp. The film is revealing of the trauma and depression felt by many residents of the camp, and the human desire to build a home wherever we find ourself.
Phone charge is one of the most valuable currencies in The Jungle as people are desperate to communicate with families back home. However, electricity is in short supply and this film reveals the measures taken to charge phones. This activity forms an integral part of daily routine within the camp.
This is a video diary describing what Saleh did on the day of Eid, which is a Muslim celebration similar to Christmas. Within the camp, the mood was sombre, and Saleh describes it as the ‘worst feasts “Eid” in my life’. He was unable to communicate with the rest of his family in Syria, or […]
Osama Qashoo, tutor on WFC project: Calais SPEAKS, talks about one student who was injured while shooting during a confrontation with police in the camp after lorries bound for Britain got stuck in traffic on the bridge above and people from the camp tried to board them.
Translation: Hello I’m here talking to you from Calais…that place that we came to running from the death we’ve seen in Syria…running away from the killing that’s everywhere…running away from everything ugly. We’re searching for a safe place to live…for us and our children, will all honesty and love…
A key feature of the Calais refugee camp is the increasingly intimidating presence of tall fences. These mark the edge of the camp and the french border. Each night, the residents of the camp climb the fences in an attempt to cross the border into the UK. Many are injured in the process, arriving back […]
Abu Walid is originally from Syria. Whenever he came to class Abu Walid would bring something for us. One day it was a carton of chocolate milk, another day, a Snickers bar. By the end of the week he’d begun serenading Emma, the project manager, with the theme tune from Titanic. This is his voice […]