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As the riot police marched through the refugee camp with guns, tear gas and batons, the eviction of the Calais Jungle began. Before fires started breaking out and smoke engulfed the camp I documented how people had left their homes and belongings as they quickly left. One man, still so proud despite everything washed his pots and pans before he left.
“Refugees welcome” has been projected in giant letters across the iconic white cliffs of Dover, just before an alliance of racist far-right groups are due to hold anti-migration protests in the town of Dover. The projection was undertaken as a collaboration between campaign organisation Global Justice Now and guerrilla projectionists Feral X.
© Jess Hurd/Global Justice Now
We spoke to Amir living with his wife Maryam and their three-month-old child Rosie, nicknamed ‘The Jungle Baby’, in a tiny caravan donated by a UK aid charity, on the southern side of the refugee camp in Calais known at the Jungle, the side due for eviction.
They had been in the camp seven months. They had fled Iran and tried to reach the UK, but after Amir suffered illnesses that led to time in hospital and Maryam becoming heavily pregnant they became stranded.
Amir was Muslim and Maryam a Christian. When asked what religion Rosie would be, Amir gestured up and down with his hand, cutting Rosie down the middle from head to toe, “She will be half and half,” he laughed.
When Rosie was born at the local hospital, Amir claimed the French authorities forced him to register for asylum in France, saying if he did not they would take his baby away and give her to another family.
“They said they would not let me take my baby back to the Jungle,” Amir said.
Amir claimed the authorities said his family would be helped and given a small room if he registered. Amir said the room was tiny, far too small for the three of them, but at least it was not the Jungle.
“We finished the asylum process, did the finger prints, then the government told us to go back and live in the Jungle,” Amir said.
Rosie was also hospitalised for 40 days, suffering Whooping Cough and had only recently recovered. Amir said without the help of the English volunteers in the camp, Rosie would have surely died.
We asked Maryam what they needed and she replied, “warm clothes for Rosie”.
With the eviction looming Amir said was unsure what they would do.
“As refugees where are we supposed to go?” he asked.
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Hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and Africa shelter in makeshift camps, prior to an eviction planned by French authorities in Calais, France.
© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk
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Rote Flora alternative cultural centre, was the site of police raids in the summer of 2013, a part of a clampdown on immigrants in Hamburg. The refugees, mostly from Ghana, were formerly working in Libya but fled the war and were detained on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Thrown out of Italy they ended up homeless in Hamburg, where they were reportedly hounded by the German police. Now they have been given refuge by the local church of St Pauli, where they still live in containers on church grounds.
© Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk
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