Sunday 4 December 2016

Makeshift migrant church in Calais holds final service

Published 30/10/2016 | 13:51

The near-deserted Calais 'Jungle' camp
The near-deserted Calais 'Jungle' camp

Migrants attended the final service at a makeshift church in what is left of the 'Jungle' camp in the French port of Calais.

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Scores of people - mainly from Eritrea, West Africa - squeezed into the service on Sunday at a small Orthodox church.

The church is one of many hand-made structures - including mosques, schools and shops - that were built by the thousands who lived in the camp.

French authorities have been clearing the camp, which housed up to 10,000 people at its height.

Calais has long been a magnet for migrants from across the world trying to get to Britain.

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