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Waiting for another life: Inside the Jungle encampment at Calais

The Jungle encampment at Calais is home to thousands who are fleeing the war-torn Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan. Each one of them has a different story

24th April, 2016
The Jungle: a sea of temporary accommodation and desperate people, it is situated a few kilometres from the town centre of Calais Picture: AFP

Muhammad’s upper lip still bears the scar of where it was sewed to his lower one. For 25 days in March, he was one of nine Iranian refugees who went on hunger strike to protest against the demolition of the vast refugee camp known as the Jungle, on the edge of the French channel port of Calais.

He wears a three-quarter length beat-up black jacket and doesn’t speak any English. His friend, a big,...

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