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.
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 […]
One of our filmmakers in Calais – Saleh – shares his thoughts on the bombing of Syria. Saleh fled Daesh after they took over his town, Deir ez-Zor. He has been in Calais for over 4 months now and is finding life tough. He made this video and sent it to us.
This film was made by Saleh who is originally from Raqqa in Syria and 19 years-old. This film follows a man as he makes a cup of tea. Saleh conveys how time-consuming and difficult such a simple process is in The Jungle.