Women For Refugee Women is a non-profit organisation challenging the injustices experienced by women who seek asylum in the UK. This week, they are releasing a video each day to highlight the imminent demolition of the Calais Jungle to try and raise awareness of the plight many women in the jungle have faced prior to their arrival there.
Many women make hazardous journeys in order to escape the ordeals they faced in their home countries, only to be faced with more once they arrive at the Calais border. The jungle is now home to almost 10,000 people, and with it's imminent destruction drawing close, it's ever more important for people here in the UK to be aware of the situation.
Women For Refugee women worked with filmmaker Tomo Brody for the series. Most women do not want their identity revealed so Brody shows only their hands and allows them speak candidly about what exactly they are fleeing from, the horror of their overland journeys and the harsh reality of life in the Calais camps within which women face particularly challenges. Despite not showing the expressions of their faces, it is amazing how much raw emotion is revealed by the moments of the hands as the women talk openly about what they have been through.
The first ‘ My children were melting with hunger’ tells the story of a Syrian woman whose husband was killed and how she was forced to flee. Check it out below and stay tuned for more from the series here: