"I Am Here In A Field In Northern France Because There Is Nowhere Else."

by
Abby Zimet

French riot
police last night raided
a makeshift "jungle" camp that was home to hundreds of Afghan refugees
desperately hoping to enter Britain but caught instead in political
limbo. Those arrested near Calais are a fraction of the thousands of
Afghans, Iraqis and other migrants, many of whom helped Western forces before fleeing for their lives, who
have spent months camped in tents and ditches across northern France -
and, rights activists say, across much of Europe. More background here.

Aissa Zaibet, who has been helping the immigrants since a Red
Cross camp shut down: "It's the same story across the whole of Europe.
The
refugees keep moving because they think it is going to be better
elsewhere and that is exactly what the authorities here and elsewhere
want
them to think. Each government pushes them further down
the road and the end of the road is the UK."

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