A burning plastic smell, feet in the mud; there is no doubt that we arrived in the “jungle” of Calais. In this industrial wasteland, nearly 5000 migrants are hoping to cross the Channel. From Africa and the Middle East, they fled from war or economic hardship. Some of them braved the Mediterranean sea, others through Eastern Europe via Turkey.
Faced with a tight English frontier, they are now stranded 30 kilometers from their “promised land” they distinguish from the shore. Hampered by security forces that push their attempts passages, their incredible determination seems irreducible.
This is in a context of uprooting, hope, joy, tension and disappointment that we are immersed in the heart of the “jungle”. A testimony that chronicles a complex situation, in which the men are trying every day to reach England.