CALAIS

Over the course of 2016 I made a few visits to the Calais 'Jungle' and to the camp situated in Grand Synthe. I went to cover the conditions of the camp, the mental well being of the residents and how the authorities neglected their duties to the youngest in the camp when it was razed. The articles were written for The Independent and can be found in the features section of the site.  

Two young Iraqi boys in the freezing mud in Dunkirk. 

Two young Iraqi boys in the freezing mud in Dunkirk. 

The school in the 'Jungle' was one of the last structures to be bulldozed. It was used as a shelter for the minors after the camp began to be taken apart. 

The school in the 'Jungle' was one of the last structures to be bulldozed. It was used as a shelter for the minors after the camp began to be taken apart. 

An Eritrean youth visits the church in the camp for the last time before it is pulled down,

An Eritrean youth visits the church in the camp for the last time before it is pulled down,

A young Eritrean youth holding some art work taken from the church before it was levelled. 

A young Eritrean youth holding some art work taken from the church before it was levelled. 

The appalling living conditions in Grand Synthe. The director of MSF said they were the worst she had seen in her 25 years of humanitarian work. 

The appalling living conditions in Grand Synthe. The director of MSF said they were the worst she had seen in her 25 years of humanitarian work. 

Grand Synthe Camp - Dunkirk 

Grand Synthe Camp - Dunkirk 

After a long wait the residents of the camp in Dunkirk were moved to a new much improved camp built by MSF. MSF were not given permission from the French authorities to build it for months. The shelters were wooden, raised off the ground and had house numbers too. 

After a long wait the residents of the camp in Dunkirk were moved to a new much improved camp built by MSF. MSF were not given permission from the French authorities to build it for months. The shelters were wooden, raised off the ground and had house numbers too. 

Josh McDonald (left) set up a boxing gym in the 'Jungle' to allow residents to have activities and a vent for their frustrations that was healthy. 

Josh McDonald (left) set up a boxing gym in the 'Jungle' to allow residents to have activities and a vent for their frustrations that was healthy. 

Three men of different nationalities bonding over training in the Calais Boxing Gym. 

Three men of different nationalities bonding over training in the Calais Boxing Gym. 

An Iranian man on hunger strike protesting the destruction of the south side of the 'Jungle'. 

An Iranian man on hunger strike protesting the destruction of the south side of the 'Jungle'.