- Title: Calais minors become focus of concern as camp demolition advances
- Date: 28th October 2016
- Summary: CALAIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 28, 2016) (REUTERS) MIGRANTS, MAINLY YOUNG PEOPLE, WALKING NEXT TO THE "JUNGLE" MIGRANT CAMP AND NEAR CONTAINER CAMP WHERE MINORS ARE SLEEPING VARIOUS OF MINOR WASHING HIS HAIR WITH AN OUTDOOR TAP VARIOUS OF RUBBISH NEAR JUNGLE REFUGEES TALKING TOGETHER / TENTS IN BACKGROUND PART OF BURNT "JUNGLE" WITH ABANDONED TENTS IN BACKGROUND CONSTRUCTION VEHICLE DRIVING NEXT TO MIGRANTS VARIOUS OF BULLDOZER CLEANING THE JUNGLE VARIOUS OF CONTAINERS WHERE MINORS SLEEP (SOUNDBITE) (English) 17-YEAR-OLD ETHIOPIAN MIGRANT, OBAMA, SAYING: (WITH FACE HIDDEN TO CONCEAL IDENTITY) "I'm in container, as you see every Jungle is gone, is damaged. There is no house, I will sleep in a container. All under 18 sleep in container." MINORS IN CONTAINER CAMP DRAWN SIGN FOR "JUNGLE" MINORS WALKING NEAR JUNGLE AND CONTAINER CAMP WITH OROMO SCHOOL SIGN IN BACKGROUND BRACELET WHICH IDENTIFIES MINORS WHO ARE REGISTERED TO SLEEP IN CONTAINER CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (English) 16-YEAR-OLD ETHIOPIAN MIGRANT, FAROL, SAYING: (WITH FACE HIDDEN TO CONCEAL IDENTITY) "You know if you think about England, there is I think a good opportunity of education. For that case I want to go there because I want to study, I want to continue my education. Then, if I study my education, I can help also my country, how my country can being going to freedom, so that why I want to go there." ABANDONED CARAVAN PAINTED IN COLOURS AND SCHOOL WITH EMPTY CHAIRS SMASHED WINDOWS OF SCHOOL EMPTY CLASSROOM CONSTRUCTION VEHICLE DRIVING NEXT TO ABANDONED TENTS
- Embargoed: 12th November 2016 15:50
- Keywords: Calais Jungle camp migrants minors children
- Location: CALAIS, FRANCE
- City: CALAIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00155X6TL3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:ATTENTION FRENCH CLIENTS ONLY: EDITORS PLEASE CHECK IF ANY REPORTING RESTRICTIONS APPLY IN SHOWING THE FACES OF MINORS
Days after the start of demolition of the Calais "Jungle" camp, concerns have turned to the nearly a thousand isolated minors who have been settled in large container-box shelters or simply have not signalled their existence.
Many of these minors want just one thing - transfer to Britain, which is almost visible across the sea from Calais.
The vast site on sandy scrubland, a symbol of Europe's fraught efforts to deal with a record influx of refugees from war-ravaged zones such as Sudan and Afghanistan, was evacuated this week before bulldozers moved in on Tuesday (October 25) to flatten it.
France and Great Britain have continued to bicker following media reports of unsupervised children sleeping rough around the port town since the clearance operation was launched, even though some 1,451 minors have been housed separately near the camp in 125 white-painted shipping containers.
On the far side of the jungle, in the midst of rubbish and dust, the minors remaining in Calais go to the Jules Ferry centre to receive their meals. The container camp includes migrants from Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan, as well as Ethiopian teenagers who have fled the Oromiya region.
A 17-year-old Ethiopian man called Obama told Reuters he was a student in his homeland, but that life became too dangerous under the country's current regime and that he had been jailed. Feeling his life back in Ethiopia was in danger, he crossed Sudan and Libya to reach France. Now in Calais, he is one of many teenagers sleeping overnight in the containers.
"I'm in container, as you see every Jungle is gone, is damaged. There is no house, I will sleep in a container. All under 18 sleep in container," he said, adding his complex situation means the French authorities struggled to recognise his case as a refugee.
Another migrant, 16-year-old Farol, said he left Ethiopia eight months ago because his home country lacked democracy and that he was attracted to Europe by its values. One of his friends has been living in England for nine years, and Farol said he would like to go live with him and study politics.
"You know if you think about England, there is I think a good opportunity of education. For that case I want to go there because I want to study, I want to continue my education. Then, if I study my education, I can help also my country, how my country can being going to freedom, so that why I want to go there," said Farol, who has been living in the jungle for six weeks.
Smoke and dust floated over the heart of the site on Friday (October 28) as bulldozers cleared mounds of debris and rubbish, watched from afar by a group of youngsters who slept outdoors in an area that once serve as a makeshift school for camp dwellers.
Government officials in the region say that more than 6,000 people had been moved out of the squalid, ramshackle camp and transferred to towns throughout France.
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