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Calais: A jungle built on the sand

Mattia Alunni Cardinali and Mara Scampoli | France

The "Jungle" (Mara Scampoli Ph.)

Calais is a small village placed on the northern coast of France and it represent the main gateway to the UK, either by ferry or by train. For its privileged position, it has become throughout the 2016 migrant crisis, the location for one of the largest refugee camps in Europe, "The Jungle".

As of September 2016, 9106 people, of whom 865 minors (78% of them were alone), lived here, few minutes away from the outskirts of Calais.

The French government tried several times to close the refugee camp and eventually succeded in late October 2016 after a partial eviction had already taken part in March the same year. At that time it was estimated that the population in the camp was over 10000 people.

Many are the NGOs which were based in the Jungle and were taking care of the refugees needs, providing them everyday support. We spent in August 2016 some days among the volunteers in order to document their activities and their commitment to fight this humanitarian crysis.

Mattia Alunni Cardinali:

Mara Scampoli:

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