Desperate Enough to Swim : Calais : France

Photo Credit : Jez Coulson/Insight Migrants in Calais , near the Calais Ferry Port, France attempting to get to the UK Photograph held in the hand of migrants shows the face of Robiel Eritrean refugee who drowned attempting to swim across the port. Line shots showing migrants in line for food from charity. Story by Alex Hannaford +44 (0)7889 249203 alex@nofiction.co.uk

Photo Credit : Jez Coulson/Insight
Migrants in Calais , near the Calais Ferry Port, France attempting to get to the UK
Photograph held in the hand of migrants shows the face of Robiel Eritrean refugee who drowned attempting to swim across the port.
Line shots showing migrants in line for food from charity.
Story by Alex Hannaford
+44 (0)7889 249203
alex@nofiction.co.uk

To get to ‘The Promised Land’ of Britain ….. some migrants are desperate enough to attempt to swim in the dangerous waters of the Calais Port ….. Many cling to the under side of trucks…… I just worked on a story with Alex Hannaford in France ……. Alex had been inspired to write by the plight of a young migrant called Robiel Habtom …….. I saw the piece being laid out just before I left … I was so pleased the Sunday Times Mag was giving such prominence to the issue … It’s in todays Sunday Times Magazine (UK) get a copy and check it out if you can … We all know the migration of people across the world is one of the big themes of our times… I know it … I know its always a tough story ….. and yet every time I work on those stories I am shocked all over again by the plight of the individuals I meet as they attempt to travel without documents … Alex Hannaford’s written story is very moving and informative about the migrants who have made it to Calais on the Northern French coast and are ready to risk everything once more to make the final crossing to get into “The Promised Land” of the UK … Alex captures the big picture by focusing on the lives of specific individuals ……. Hopefully my pictures convey something of the plight of the people we met, people just like Robiel Habtom.

Cheers Jez XXXXXX

PS…… Sorry if this makes little sense I just woke up……. its 5AM here in Whittier Alaska …… 🙂

[ 4 ] comments

  • striking very sad set of pictures Jez

    KathyR @ October 26, 2014, 1:57 pm

  • Yes I was shocked by the circumstances these people are enduring, I knew it and yet to see and experience a little with them it is to be completely shocked and horrified all over again … I am pleased the Sundat Times Magazine is giving such prominence to this story… to this issueCheers Jez XXXXX

    Jezblog Whittier Alaska :-)) @ October 26, 2014, 3:01 pm

  • Fine bit of photojournalism, important to show the human side of any story. Nice to meet you up here in the frozen north as you called it. Hope you are getting the pictures you want from Alaska. Good Luck.

    Karl Price @ October 27, 2014, 12:59 pm

  • Thanks :-))) ….. Sorry if I was being rude about Alaska…. but I was seriously cold….. hehehehe….. not sure I am designed for life with the wind whipping off the water like it was on that dock….. and I know the Winter hasn’t even really got going yet…. its for tough people like yourself not wimpy types like me …. I would certainly need to improve my clothing and toughen up a bit if I was gonna take the whole winter in Whittier hehehehe…. cheers mate Jez XXXXXXX

    Jezblog Whittier Alaska :-)) @ October 27, 2014, 1:16 pm

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