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Photos: Refugees forced to relocate in Calais ‘Jungle’

CALAIS, FRANCE – JANUARY 2016: Refuges in the Calais refugee camp known as the ‘jungle’ have been given a deadline to move their shelters and tents 100 metres away from the motorway, forcing them to relocate to a different part of the camp.

The French authorities want to reduce the size of the camp and create a buffer zone between the boundary of the camp and the motorway for what they describe as ‘security reasons’.

The camp is now a hive of activity as volunteers and refugees work together to move shelters away from the area designated for demolition by the French police.

A 17-year-old Afghan man who used to work for the German army in construction in Afghanistan until the Taliban kidnapped his family, threatening to kill them unless he agreed to smuggle a member of the Taliban into the army camp, presumably to plant a bomb. He refused to do it and was forced to flee Afghanistan after being hunted by the Taliban. He doesn't know if his loved ones are dead or alive.

A 17-year-old Afghan refugee sits inside a small hut in the ‘Jungle’ and talks about his journey to the camp and the life he’s left behind. He used to work for the German army in construction in Afghanistan until the Taliban kidnapped his family, threatening to kill them unless he agreed to smuggle a member of the Taliban into the German army base. He refused to do it and was forced to flee Afghanistan after being hunted by the Taliban. He doesn’t know if his loved ones are still being held by the Taliban or even if they are still alive.

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Part of the camp is currently located near the motorway that leads to the Calais ferry port. Refugees are now preparing to move their make-shift shelters to another part of the camp ahead of the deadline given  by the French authorities.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 14: Volunteers help move homes in the Calais "Jungle" refugee camp the day before the French authorities plan to start evicting people from tents and huts that are located within 100 metres of the motorway.

Volunteers help refugees move makeshift huts in the camp the day before the French authorities plan to start evicting people from tents and huts that are located within 100 metres of the motorway.

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CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 14: French police enter the "jungle" to warn people that they are going to be evicted from a part of the camp from Friday 14th January 2016.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees in the jungle camp in Calais prepare to relocate to a different part of the camp on January 15, 2016. French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

Refugees prepare to relocate to a different part of the camp on January 15, 2016. French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing people living in that area to relocate.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees from Afghanistan play cards inside their hut in the Calais Jungle refugee camp on January 15, 2016. The French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

Refugees from Afghanistan play cards inside their hut in the Jungle on January 15, 2016.

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A refugee from Eritrea looks out over the sprawling camp that he hopes he will soon be able to escape.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 14: A family from Kurdistan who have lived in the jungle for 3 months wait for their chance to enter the UK and join family member living in England.

A family from Kurdistan who have lived in the Jungle for 3 months wait to cross the border into the UK to join family members living in England.

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Hesti – a 7-year-old Kurdish girl looks forward to going to school in England.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: A refugee sits in front of a fire in the Calais jungle refugee camp on January 15, 2016. The French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

A refugee sits in front of a fire in the refugee camp known as the Jungle on January 15, 2016.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees from Afghanistan play cricket at the entrance to the jungle refugee camp in Calais, France, on January 15, 2016. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

Young men from Afghanistan play cricket at the entrance to the Jungle on January 15, 2016.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: French police forces stand at the entrance to the jungle refugee camp in Calais, France, on January 15, 2016. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

French police officers stand guard near the entrance to the camp.

Refugees from Afghanistan try to keep warm inside a small hut in the Jungle.

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A young man from Afghanistan rolls a cigarette inside a hut in the Calais refugee camp.

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CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Tents are abandoned near the entrance to the jungle refugee camp in Calais, France, on January 15, 2016. The French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate to other parts of the camp. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

Tents are abandoned near the entrance to the unofficial refugee camp in Calais on January 15, 2016.

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Calais Jungle refugee camp forced relocation

Volunteers work late into the night to help move huts away from the area designated for demolition.

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Refugees use a shopping trolley to move their belongings as they relocate to a different part of the camp ahead of the deadline given by the French authorities to clear the area within roughly 100 metres of the motorway.

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The French government plans to move some of the people living in the unofficial Jungle camp into the government-run container camp. Some families have already been registered to move into the camp as priority residents. The second group of people to enter the government camp will be those who were forced to move when the camp was built on the land where they were living. The third group will be those who are identified as “vulnerable”. After that it will be a case of first come, first served, but there are not enough spaces to accommodate everyone living in the camp. Many people are skeptical about moving into the new government camp and are afraid of the restrictions imposed on those living inside the fenced area. A 3D scan is made of the hands of anyone wishing to enter the camp and residents will be given a code for the door of their containers. If the code is not entered into the door for 2 days the people living there will immediately lose access to the container.

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CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees and volunteers work together to relocate huts in the jungle refugee camp in Calais on January 15, 2016. French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/Anadolu Agency

Refugees and volunteers work together to relocate huts in the Jungle on January 15, 2016.

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Refugees queue for hot food in the Jungle on January 15, 2016.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees queue for food in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais on January 15, 2016. Ckaire Thomas g/ Anadolu Agency

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees in the jungle camp in Calais prepare to relocate to a different part of the camp on January 15, 2016. French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

Refugees prepare to relocate to a different part of the camp on January 15, 2016.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees and volunteers work together to relocate huts in the jungle refugee camp in Calais on January 15, 2016. French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

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7-year-old Hesti from Kurdistan learns how to ride a bicycle on the muddy tracks of the Jungle with the help of her father.

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CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 14: A 7-year-old girl from Kurdistan learns how to ride a bicycle in the Calais "jungle" camp.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 14: Volunteers help move homes in the Calais "Jungle" refugee camp the day before the French authorities plan to start evicting people from tents and huts that are located within 100 metres of the motorway.

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Volunteers help move homes in the Jungle the day before the French authorities plan to start evicting people from tents and huts that are located within 100 metres of the motorway.

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People queue to receive a donation of bread from the London based charity ‘Street Aid’.

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Refugees from Afghanistan perform a traditional Afghan dance in the camp on January 16.

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A Kurdish family stand outside their caravan in the Jungle, which was donated and delivered to them by volunteers from the British organisation ‘Jungle Canopy’.

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A little girl originally from Kurdistan tries to ride her bicycle on the muddy tracks in the Jungle.

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Some drawings from Hesti, a 7-year-old Kurdish girl. She has drawn Father Christmas, some houses and a snowman.

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A Kurdish family invites me to share a traditional Kurdish meal with them in their caravan in the Jungle on January 14, 2016.

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Jungle toilets are not good.

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Several shops, restaurants and tea houses have been set up in makeshift shelters along the ‘main street’ of the Jungle. There is also a theatre, a library, some barber shops, a mosque and a church.

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Residents are given a map showing the area the French police plan to clear.

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The red ‘X’ marks the new boundary of the camp, behind which all the huts and shelters have to be moved.

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The Banksy mural of Steve Jobs, himself the son of a Syrian refugee, is now protected by a perspex cover.

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Large areas of the camp have been flooded.

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CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: A refugee stands in front of a fire in the jungle refugee camp in Calais, France, on January 15, 2016. The French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate to other parts of the camp. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

A refugee, feeling the cold, stands in front of a fire in the Calais camp on January 15, 2016.

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Police stand guard at the entrance to the Jungle.

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Refugees gather around a bonfire for warmth.

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The entrance to the Jungle theatre where shows, workshops and classes are held daily.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees from Afghanistan connect gas to a stove in their newly relocated hut in the Calais jungle camp on January 15, 2016. The French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the gmotorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

Refugees from Afghanistan connect gas to a stove in their newly relocated hut in the Calais Jungle camp on January 15, 2016.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees in the jungle camp in Calais prepare to relocate to a different part of the camp on January 15, 2016. French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

Refugees in the Jungle prepare to relocate to a different part of the camp on January 15, 2016. French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: A refugee from Afghanistan stands in front of his hut in the Calais jungle refugee camp on January 15, 2016. The French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

A refugee from Afghanistan stands in front of his hut in the Jungle on January 15, 2016.

CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: Refugees use communal washing facilities to wash with cold water in the jungle refugee camp in Calais on January 15, 2016. Claire Thomas/Anadolu Agency

Refugees use communal washing facilities to wash with ice cold water.

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CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 15: A refugee from Afghanistan gprepares to relocate to a different part of the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France on January 15, 2016. French authorities are planning to clear the area within 100 metres of the motorway, forcing refugees living in that area to relocate. Claire Thomas/ Anadolu Agency

A Kurdish man prepares to relocate to a different part of the Jungle refugee camp in Calais on January 15, 2016.

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A group of men from Afghanistan share a traditional Agfhan meal of spicy rice and stew.

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CALAIS, FRANCE - JAN 14: Volunteers help move homes in the Calais Jungle refugee camp the day before the French authorities will start evicting people from tents and huts that are located within 100 metres of the motorway.

Volunteers help refugees move homes in the Jungle the day before the French authorities will start evicting people from tents and huts that are located within 100 metres of the motorway.

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An elderly disabled man walks through the camp. CThomas_Calais15_7218

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A man stands outside one of the many shops in the Jungle.

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