There has been an increase in the amount of articles in both newspapers and online that one of the most overlooked problems of the European migrant crisis is the impact on children. Fears raised over this have only worsened after 25 February when the French officials began dismantling parts of the camp as they evicted around 1000 people. Humanitarian aid workers L’Auberge des Migrants and Help Refugees recently conducted a survey and concluded that there were at lest 440 children among them, with 291 of them unaccompanied.

Moving the camp could increase the chance of children loosing their lives’ School volunteer in Calais Jungle.

The BBC have been recently been making short 2-minute videos offering insight into this. Here volunteers from the schools in the camps discuss their learning and how unsettling the Jungle will severely reduce the prospects of the children.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35639657

In the summer a small group of us are planning on going to the camp to make a short documentary titled ‘Calais’ Children’ that will look at this issue further. We are currently researching, approaching charities and volunteers linked to the schools in the jungle for more information about being over there.

Our group has also applied for funding from IdeasTap, Random Acts and Sky Arts to cover costs for transport, accommodation and equipment. 

Currently our plan is to go to France at the end of this summer for around four days. The two cameramen will have Canon 5D’s and GoPro’s to capture everything needed. This is the first blog in a series to show the progress of the documentary. 

 

Further links:

·      http://www.helprefugees.org.uk/tag/lauberge-des-migrants/

·      http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/09/calais-jungle-child-refugees-uk-asylum

·      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35802955

·      https://www.rt.com/uk/331052-calais-jungle-children-abuse/