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…
Saleh was one of 250-300 syrian refugees living in the refugee camp in Calais at any given time in September 2015. In this film, Saleh takes the viewer on a tour of his tent, and home, within the camp.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
One of our Calais filmmakers – Naeem – sent this film to us. Naeem is from Syria and fled when Daesh took over his town Deir ez-Zor. In this film, Naeem captures a group from Britain who arrived in the camp to sing songs and spread joy.