Women and Young Girls at Risk as Camps in Calais Are Cleared

By Marie Godin
Refugees Deeply

One of the things that shocked me when I first visited the “Jungle” camp in Calais is the fact women are almost invisible among the refugee population to the “casual visitor.” They were present, but mostly chose to hide themselves away for safety and protection.

Unaccompanied women and their children are allowed to stay in a special part of the camp referred to as Salam by the refugees, but officially known as “Centre Jules Ferry.” This area has better infrastructure and, most importantly, guaranteed security. Women who traveled with their husbands and children or other family members, many of them from Afghanistan and Kurdistan, often choose to maintain family life staying in the main part of the camp.

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