Wonderful actress Dame Harriet Walter came to read powerful poetry written by refugees and volunteers from the Calais Jungle under the Yew trees at the Beyond Borders International Festival at Traquair House, Scotland in August 2017.
As part of her research into how humanitarianism has been changed by Calais, Hari Reed and collaborators have curated an exhibition currently showing at the Edinburgh Festival. Here she showcases some of the images, questions and dilemmas of the show. Protestimony will showing in Norwich as part of Refugee History's Being Human Festival in November.'
As the Calais jungle was set to be razed in October 2016, there were over 1900 unaccompanied minors stranded there - many of whom had a legal case to enter the UK. Sue Clayton fought to get these children recognsied and their cases heard. But with the camp soon to go up in flames, could she do it in time? and what would happen to the children if not?
What happened next is a shameful indictment of the UK’s human rights record, as the young people suffered delays, denials and dismissal from the UK government, and were finally left abandoned in France with no support at all.
CALAIS CHILDREN: A CASE TO ANSWER follows the young people over the months since they left the Jungle. We speak to Lord Dubs, the volunteer groups, and the lawyers who are challenging the Home Office’s actions in the High Court.
CALAIS CHILDREN: A CASE TO ANSWER is screened continually, along with four other films about the Calais Jungle, in Imagine’s PROTESTIMONY exhibition as part of the Edinburgh Festival at Summerhall, 4th August to 28th September 2017, click here
Recommandation du Défenseur des droits concernant les enfants exilés de Calais
Dans sa décision du 21 juin 2017 le Défense des droits formule des recommandations à l’égard des services publics, leur rappelant leurs obligations concernant la situation des exilés, et tout particulièrement les enfants, de retour à Calais, moins d’un an après la fermeture de la « Jungle ».
(Image: Migration Map: museum visitors chart their journeys to the UK using string )
Here we offer two reviews of the Migration Museum, one from Hari Reed who is currently writing on humanitarian representations of Calais at the University of East Anglia, and Bassel, an activist who lived and worked in the Calais camp for eleven months, and who is a refugee from Syria.
Featured Image: Burj el-Barajneh camp’s density is not only visible on a horizontal level, but on a vertical one as well, which compensates for the saturation of the horizontal plane. (c) Samar Maqusi, 2014.
Enfance Majuscule is a French association defending children's rights. Mayeul Gauzit has been in the "jungle" and wrote a very interesting article on the conditions of the children leaving in the camp, in which you can see some of the beautiful artwork made by the residents during our workshops last summer. Here's the link to download the book: http://enfance-majuscule.fr/enfance-majuscule-la-nouvelle-revue/