AP PHOTOS: The things left behind in the Calais migrant camp
CALAIS, France (AP) — They made their way to the squalid camp in the French port of Calais from Afghanistan, Sudan, Ethiopia and beyond, some fleeing war, others poverty, all dreaming of a better life in Britain.
Some made it across the English Channel. Those who did not, thousands of them, spent months in the temporary society they’d built, sleeping in tents or shacks. As it grew, their sprawling camp became emblematic of Europe’s migrant crisis.
French authorities cleared them out in just three days this week, the evacuation hastened when some of them set fire to parts of the camp. More than 5,000 were taken to centers elsewhere in France where they can get help applying for asylum. Britain took in some who already have family living there. And the rest said they plan to stay in the area, taking their chances and hoping they can still make it to Britain.
They took only what they could cram into knapsacks and duffel bags. In their haste to flee the fires, or simply because they were out of room, they abandoned dolls, shoes, DVDs, a Bible. Here, by AP photographers Emilio Morenatti, Thibault Camus and Matt Dunham, is a look at the things they left behind.