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Point d'eau

Nastassia Kantorowicz Torres | Nord, France

September 27, 2017. Calais, France. The edge of the canal is covered by the belongings and hygiene products left behind by the refugees and migrants. This canal is one of the many dirty water points migrants and refugees in Calais use for bathing and washing clothes due to a continued lack of access to showers, toilettes and safe water. Since the Old Jungle (name given to the displaced people settlement in Calais) was dismantled by the French government in October 2016, refugees and migrants hoping to reach the UK have returned to Calais, as it is the nearest port to England. According to the local ngos, there is an estimated 700 - 800 refugees and migrants living outside in various locations throughout Calais.
Photo by Nastassia Kantorowicz Torres.

You are sweaty, thirsty and you smell.  Every night you have been chasing trucks hoping to jump on a UK-bound one or running away from French Police. You walk back to your tent to find everything tear gassed by the French National Police, including your water bottles. You now have to wait till morning for the water truck to arrive, and until Monday to take a 6-minute shower with no clean clothes. Fortunately, your French friends invite you over to their house for a shower with clean set of clothes and a warm cup of tea.

This is the reality of over 1000 migrants and refugees.

            Illustrating water points, the ongoing project “Point d’eau” (French for water point or no water) denounces the French government’s manipulation of access to water to prevent any migrant settlement and impede any efforts to reach England. Access to safe water and sanitation is a basic human right that migrants and refugees in northern France are being denied.

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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