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 […]
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 […]
The Muslim celebration of Eid is like Christmas. In the camp however, there was a feeling of sadness as many were spending the day without their families, surrounded by squalor with dwindling hope of ever reaching Britain. Despite this, some men in the Afghan section hooked up a speaker and started to dance.
Made by brothers, Ibrahim and Ahmed from Syria, this is an account of Ibrahim’s trip from ‘The Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais to Belgium. Originally from Halib in Syria, Ahmed and Ibrahim were residents of the camp in September – November 2015. Ibrahim recounts his experience hiding under the axle of a lorry, which he […]
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 […]
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.