Calais ‘Jungle’: More Tragic Stories - Day 2

Calais ‘Jungle’: More Tragic Stories - Day 2

Pete and I both woke up aching all over. The adrenaline of the night before had taken its toll. We stayed in The Jungle until around midnight again and filmed Ashraf keeping warm with friends around a small fire. An educated man, he had a real understanding of the global migrant crisis. I made some lovely evocative images. Pete thought it was amazing how I had got right amongst the migrants around the fire. At one point I was actually crouching in the fire.








Ashraf (right)

Later I filmed 18 year old Uradine who fled home at 16; a political refugee as his Oromo people are being persecuted in Ethiopia. He’s been in The Jungle for eight months. As he spoke we heard gunshots. Pete and I exchanged concerned glances. We left The Jungle at around midnight and found ourselves on the motorway slip road between two police vehicles who were spot-lighting the wasteland verge and spraying cs gas from their vehicles.

Article Author: Dave Mason

Dave is Mentor Media Training's Managing Director. He is a CIPR Accredited Practitioner and regularly trains for the PR industry institute. His extensive career in broadcasting spans 30 years across radio and television. He has coached executives from major public and private sector organisations, as well as the UK Armed Forces/NATO, around the world for the past decade. Dave is respected for his inspiring training, which is supportive and concentrates on fast learning development. A founding presenter and shareholder of Somerset’s Orchard FM, he went on to work extensively in commercial radio around the UK, as well as BBC News, where he was a Correspondent at BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 1 Newsbeat. Dave has been a TV presenter, reporter and producer at ITN, GMTV, (ITV Breakfast), ITV News Westcountry and HTV West. He was one of GMTV’s senior producers for a decade, covering major international, domestic, political and entertainment stories. His roles have included senior news producing and planning, undercover investigations, war reporting and features production. He still broadcasts as a crisis communications pundit on LBC, BBC Radio and is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Bath Spa, Gloucestershire and the Cardiff School of Journalism. He is the author of 'Handling the Media In Good Times & Bad'.