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Point d'eau

Nastassia Kantorowicz Torres | Nord, France

September 27, 2017. Calais, France. This canal, its shoreline littered with discarded belongings and hygiene products, is representative of the limited access to water faced by migrants living in Calais. Due to the continued lack of access to showers, toilets and safe potable water, these polluted Water Points often serve as the refugees’ only water source.

Access to safe water and sanitation is a basic human right that around 1500 homeless migrants in northern France are being denied.

Illustrating access to water for transit populations in the north of France, “Point d’eau” - French for water point or no water - denounces the French government’s restriction policies. The project highlights the solidarity and hospitality of citizens in response to the government’s negligence. The deprivation of water is used to discourage migrants who, passing through France, wish to reach the United Kingdom.

Due to the complex and particular context of the north of France, participants prefer to conceal their identity for personal safety. Respecting participants’ choice and following my personal code of ethics, “Point d’eau” bears witness protecting participants’ identity. 

European Convention on Human Rights: http://www.echr.coe.int/pages/home.aspx?p=basictexts

"France must provide safe drinking water and sanitation for migrants in the “Calais Jungle”, say UN rights experts": http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22240&LangID=E

Ordonnance du 26 juin 2017 No.1705379 Tribunal Administratif de Lille

L'Auberge des Migrants Report on Access to Water July 2017: http://www.laubergedesmigrants.fr/fr/actualites/enquete-juillet-2017/

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