In March 2016, 40 disposable cameras were distributed to residents of the Jungle, in order that they could document their own daily lives. Empowering refugees to become the narrators of their own stories.
‘The first thing that I want to say about this project is that I am so interested and I really love photography,and it shows the ability of someone to take a perfect photo also it’s a fun for the peoples of jungle which is called a horrible jungle. And its a good project for the people of jungle to raising money for them and its called a big charity. Thanks’ – Naughty, 21, Afghanistan.
‘We are all the same. We want safe life’ – Edward, 15, Afghanistan.
‘It was fun also helped to fill my boring time in jungle, happy for helping my brothers in jungle.’ – Ho3ein, 20, Iran.
‘For me photography is a way to narrate a story and to evoke one’s feeling. Using the camera as a tool to capture a scene which is more dramatic and realistic, and the picture/visual itself has the ability to tell a story and make one think ‘what it is really for’? My goal is to portray a strong visual message which engages the viewer more deeply to think that if there is loneliness and helplessness, then on the other side there is a light; an inner voice which gives us strength and hope.’ – Folad, 30, Afghanistan.
The Calais Jungle is crawling with outside journalists, young film makers, and art students, all taking photograph after photograph of life in The Jungle. But it is not a life that is theirs to document. The group who has the smallest voice in the debate and policy discussion regarding the European refugee crisis, are the refugees.