In the jungle

WORK IN PROGRESS: Documenting life in the 'jungle': the shantytown, near Calais - France, where thousands of refugees and migrants live while they attempt to enter the UK. The majority of the inhabitants of the camp are young men who come from conflict-affected countries, such as Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq and Syria. The jungle is an illegal refugee camp, some food is distributed and sanitation is poor. Most activities and aid come from volunteers and there is a post of Medecins du Monde. The French authorities opened a shelter of shipping containers at the northeastern part of the camp but there is no sanitation and bad facilities on the spot. In March 2016 the authorities demolished the southern part of the camp and evicted thousands of refugees. Life in the jungle is hard, frequently there are fights between different migrant groups and they risk their lives when they try to climb aboard, or travel on lorries. At this time there are an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the jungle.
Unaccompanied minor at the refugee camp Calais France

A child at the window of a barbershop.  

Unaccompanied minors leaving the illegal refugee camp Calais Jungle.

Unaccompanied minors don't know where to go a few days before the Jungle was cleared by the police.

Remnants of houses after a fire destroyed the Jungle

Remnants of houses after a huge fire destroyed the Jungle.

A young man with a suitcase at the illegal refugee camp Calais Jungle

A young man with a suitcase entering the Jungle.

Unaccompanied minors at the illegal refugee camp Calais Jungle.

Unaccompanied minors are confused and left alone days before the final destruction of the Jungle.

A refugee from Sudan in the rain in the illegal refugee camp at the Calais Jungle

A refugee from Sudan in the Jungle.

Refugees from Sudan cut their hair while the illegal refugee camp at Calais Jungle is set at fire

Men from Sudan cutting hair while the Jungle was set at fire and destroyed completely.

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