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Mohammed, 27, Eritrea
"People are breaking their legs trying to jump the fences. There is no
other way, no chance."
"Everything is broken here in the Jungle. Everyday we spend here, we
are more broken."
"This is how our babies live in the Jungle."
"The library makes me happy because I can get knowledge, also it
passes the time, as there is nothing else to do all day. This is the life I
am living, its difficult to explain, not only for me but for all people here."
"We need freedom."
"Our conditions are not healthy."
"I am a peaceful man. I am not a terrorist."
"An incomplete life."
"When I feel alone, books are my only friends."
"I am so proud of my Eritrean community."
"This represents the long time I spent in prison in my own country. From one prison to another."
Habibi, 24, Afghanistan
"There is still a lot of beauty this side of the fence."
"This Jungle will never extinguish the fire in our hearts."
"Tear gas. Why?"
"Sometimes I come here and I stand a few minutes, imagining that this is what England looks like."
"It’s like we are living in a prison. We are not safe or free in here."
"When fires happen in the ‘Jungle’, it’s like we are burning in Hell. They happen quite often as people use candles as they can’t afford gas to keep warm."
"Sunset. Even in the Jungle you can find beauty."
"This reminds me of war. It makes me remember when the planes were hovering over Afghanistan and dropping bombs."
"Fuck Happy Jungle."
"All religions behind this fence live and die here. We are all brothers and sisters."
"I think that these containers look like a prison camp."
"We came to Europe to feel safe after we escaped from the darkness that is in our countries, we never thought that Europe was going to treat us this way."
Sultana, 11, Afghanistan
"It's very difficult to bring water home, especially in this weather. My
brother does this every day, sometimes me and my little sister carry some also."
"This is a very sad picture because it's raining and people don't have a place to dry their clothes."
"People don't care about their health, if they did they wouldn't do this."
"I didn't like it when it snowed, because it was too cold and I didn't have good boots. When it snows in Afghanistan, there's enough to build a snowman!"
"What would I like to say about this picture? I love myself! :) The Women and Children's centre has gone now though, so there's nowhere to learn and create."
"During the evictions, someone's caravan caught on fire and the flames travelled to a neighbouring caravan, where there was still a man inside. Thankfully he managed to escape unhurt, but everything else was burnt."
"Everyone is thinking, 'Jungle is finished'. Where will we go now?"
"I speak 4 languages, Persian is my native language. Pashto and Urdu I learnt from films, and English I learnt from my school English classes. My sister and I are getting good in French now. Learning makes us feel like we are ‘someone'."
"This shows the life of people in camp. They have a very bad life, when all everyone wants is to have a good life."
"Inside my home. Home for me is being with my family, oh and having my own bathroom!"
"They are moving a shelter by car because the authorities are bulldozing. I am sad they are destroying their area."
"I like taking photos, to remember the memories."
Sitara, 9, Afghanistan
"We are safe in our caravan from rain. The first night we were in a tent, we arrived at 10 o’clock at night. We were very tired and it was very cold."
"A butterfly is like freedom. A butterfly can go wherever it wants."
"The bulldozer destroying people's homes."
"The situation with the police is scary, because they are destroying the camp."
"A man carrying all of his belongings, after the demolition."
"Mierwais is our friend. He is alone. His parents are not here. He asks my sister “I am hungry”, so she sometimes cooks him eggs. He
sleeps in a tent."
“I wish we could fly with the balloons.”
"The signs from the demonstration against bulldozing the camp. We wrote them in Pashto, English and French."
"The flames of the fire look like the word Allah."
"The demonstration was very peaceful, children tried to give flowers to the police, but they didn't take them. Some of the police cried."
"My dream for the future is that I am in a good country, a safe place, and I go to school and have luck."
How to be Happy
I’m sure we should all be as happy as Kings We are all in the Jungle All as free as wings
I’m sure we should all be as happy as Kings We live in a caravan We live as safe as dreams
I’m sure we should all be as happy as Kings But I’m not happy I pretend to be happy
A.K.A Dream, 27, Sudan
"Unity in the Jungle."
"Peace. Love. No war."
"Terrorists supported by our government attack the villages looking for women to rape and murder, the children get left behind, alone."
"My country has a heart of darkness. When I sleep I have nightmares that I am still trapped in the prison in Sudan and can’t escape."
"I don't want to spend my time here. One day I want to go somewhere safe where we can all be humans again."
"Poetry, makes me happy in the Jungle."
"When bombs fall on my village, people have to run from their houses leaving their children behind."
"The sky is the limit of our dreams."
"This water is trapped in the jug, it reminds me of the women in Africa, Sudan in particular."
"The different colours represent all the different people in the Jungle from different countries. What we have in common is we are all refugee survivours, it makes us like brothers and sisters. The circle unites us."
"We dream to leave on a lorry one day."
"The beautiful nature of my country has been corrupted."
"This is my friend. I am proud of him because he doesn’t have any family here, he came from Afghanistan all by himself. He thinks he is 10 years old, but he doesn’t really know."
Muzamil, 10, Afghanistan
"The children’s play centre is a special place in the camp. I think it’s wrong to bulldoze it, where will we go to feel safe?"
Ahmed, 12, Afghanistan
"This makes me feel sad, because there is nowhere for people to wash their clothes."
Rashad, 17 , Afghanistan
"Without friends, I am nothing."
Rashad, 17 , Afghanistan
"This picture reminds me of the legacy of my people in Darfur."
"This is my church, its good to pray for everything, it makes me happy inside."
Winta, 18, Eritrea
"It’s hard for a woman on her own in camp, I feel broken and alone. Where is my other half?"
Winta, 18, Eritrea
"Education is the cure for racism."
"In the Jungle we feel as if we live in a chicken pen."
"We feel really bad about what happened in Paris last night We are sorry for the families of all the victims. This violence shouldn't happen anywhere in the world. Paris we are praying for you!"
Senow, 20, Eritrea
"I am Muhammed from Afghanistan. I have a Bachelor degree in civil engineering. I am 26 years old. I worked for the British Army as a translator in Helmand, a province in Afghanistan, supporting the ISAF (International Agency Forces) whose mission was to struggle against the Taliban.
Normally the translators work for over three years, but unfortunately I had to leave after 2 and a half years because I had a very bad skin problem due to the weather.
After I left my work I started to receive threatening letters from the Taliban. They said that they were going to cut off my head as soon as possible for being a spy with the British troops. I got really scared and went to the British Army in Kabul, Afghanistan. There, I had to go through a series of interviews to explain what was happening. This process took several months. Finally, I received an answer from the British government telling me that they were going to pay me $1075 to hide from the Taliban. This didn't sound logical to me because the Taliban were going to track me wherever I hid in Afghanistan, so I had to leave my country.
I applied for a Turkish visa and traveled there on the 9th of October. I was in Istanbul for ten days until I found a way to go to Greece. From Greece my long journey started, crossing many borders and facing adversities finally reaching Calais village and the Jungle.
I tried several times to jump the seven fences and jump on a train, but I hurt myself so many times I couldn't be successful. Later, I tried to jump in a truck, but this didn't work either. You see, when you jump in a truck, you don't really know where exactly it will be heading. I hid in a truck inside of a box for 17 hours, finally, I got some signal in my phone and through the GPS I realised that the truck was going in the wrong way. I still have back pains and since I got here I have lost more than 10 pounds. I have been suffering from a critical cough for the last 15 days.
When I was in Afghanistan two moths ago, my belt was very tight around my waist and since I arrived here I have been punching hole after hole to keep it tight. I been cutting chunks of it to make it fit properly. In this picture you can see the one that I cut this month.
I don't really think it’s very nice that the British government is not caring about me when I was one of the people that assisted them. Being a translator for the British Army I risked my life and the life of my family."