Camp Grande-Synthe Refugee Camp

The camp, which is home to around 2,500 people, is situated opposite a housing estate. The entrance to the camp is located near a leisure centre with children only a few hundred meters away enjoying a game of football. It’s hard to take in the sheer contrast of the muddy wooded area that the refugees are living in, compared with the people continuing their normal lives in civilised buildings across the road. On entering the camp, the conditions looked grim with the ground beneath me soon turning into a ginormous mud bath from the torrential rain. I only spent a short time in this camp while assisting a charity distributing food donations, but the conditions of the camp were appalling and piles of rubbish were accumulating between the mountains of tents.  I have included a few photographs to show the harsh conditions of the camp.