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'Jungle' immigrants tell stories

A young migrant at makeshift camp known as "The Jungle"
A young migrant at the makeshift camp known as "The Jungle" near Calais

French police have moved in to dismantle a makeshift camp set up by migrants near the port of Calais.

Most of the illegal immigrants are Afghans trying to enter the United Kingdom.

BBC Pashto has been in contact with some of the men living at the camp.


"I am in France and some of our friends have been captured by the police but I managed to escape.

Police have been raiding our camp and we haven't had any food in the last two days. Our conditions are very bad.

Migrants protest in Calais
Migrants protest to preserve their camp known as "The Jungle"

We had some tents in the camp, but the water was contaminated and that's why some people had problems with diarrhoea and their skin was itching.

We want to go to a country where we are safe, because the security situation in our country is not good.

We left Afghanistan and we came through Iran, we travelled to Turkey and then to Greece and from there to Italy, and then we came to France.

Our wishes are to go to Britain to make a new life. We are not going there for money.

If the situation in Afghanistan becomes good then we'll go back, but if we go back now our life will be in danger.

We sold whatever we had, we sold our houses to make the money and look what happened to us now, it's better to die."


"I was very young when I left Afghanistan. More than 100 people are children in this camp who are about 14 or 15 years old. People in Afghanistan think that young children have a better chance of being accepted.

Aerial view of the migrant camp near Calais.
French police move to clear migrants trying to reach Britain

I spent three years in Iran and then I spent six months travelling from Iran until I got to France.

We are asking the French government to give us asylum.

We have nothing to go back to in Afghanistan and we are asking the French government to accept our children.

These people here, they don't have anything back home, no house, no land, so how will they survive?"


'Anonymous' is currently in Pakistan but he and his family want to settle in the EU.

"We are sad as we spent so much money on helping to send my brother away.

Our cousin initially helped us with the money. We were all very unhappy in the beginning, but he was insisting on going.

Finally we agreed to send him. We live in a refugee camp in Pakistan.

He was beaten in France and couldn't stay so he's had to come back. My brother was beaten by police, he had to stay in hospital for around 25 days.

On the one hand we were happy that he came back home, but now we have to give the money back to my cousin. What can we do?

He could not work in Europe to help us and he was our only hope."

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