France 08 Oct 2014 00:00
In the small city of Calais, some 1500 refugees survive with little or no money, living in tents and receiving one free meal a day from local NGOs. Because of tougher security, the road to England is blocked. Desperate refugees storm trucks in the port, hoping they will take a ferry to England. The chances of succeeding are marginal, however, as all the trucks are checked three times before reaching England.
Migrants from Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan share a vulnerable condition in a town that feels it can't handle the situation much longer. Police violence (beatings, tear gas) is often reported but hard to prove, and hundreds of refugees are living in improvised tent camps without water, sanitation or medical aid.