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 […]
Liz is an independent volunteer with her own van. She came to Calais to help. Every day she loads up her van with donations from the warehouses and distributes them to residents. Often she does this outside the cafe where we were teaching, which is where we met. Liz’s advice may be useful for anyone […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.