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Foreign Walls

The Jungle was a refugee camp near Calais in northern France. By August 2016 the camp had trebled in size over the previous year housing some 9,106 men, women and unaccompanied children according to Help Refugees. Most were living in a muddy expanse of tents and temporary shelters made out of scrap and decorate as best as they could. They all had the same goal - to make it to the UK.

The infrastructure inside the Jungle developed rapidly with churches and mosques built out of sticks, tarpaulins and plastic, insulated with blankets. Syrians, Afghans, Sudanese, Kuwaitis, Kurds, Pakistanis and many more were living side by side among the seventy restaurants, shops and hairdressers that stretched along the main 'street' of the camp.

In October 2016 the eviction of the Jungle started and after three weeks the camp was demolished and the remaining refugees were moved to temporary asylum accommodation. These are some of the walls of the restaurants, shops and homes inside the Jungle which its residents had built out of discarded materials they were able to source.
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