Between the 4th and the 11th of March, the south part of the refugee camp of Calais (France), commonly known as “The Jungle”, was set to be demolished. It didn’t matter how hard the volunteers and the residents of the camp tried to avoid such an ignominious fate.
The Bulldozers started at the beginning of the week and every day a tent or two were burnt. But the 11th something happened. A fire was declared in the south part of the camp that spread in a matter of minutes. Half of the camp was on fire. The French police cordoned off the area to keep everyone away from the flames. Only the church, the library and the school were saved. Many volunteers blamed the police, but whoever set the first tent on fire still remains a mystery. According to the NGOs, around 6,000 migrants were living in the camp at that time, willing to cross the English Channel to reach United Kingdom.