Like footprints, Europe has treated the refugee crisis as a fleeting problem. Grande-Synthe camp, Dunkirk, France. December 2015

Like footprints, Europe has treated the refugee crisis as a fleeting problem. Grande-Synthe camp, Dunkirk, France. December 2015

ONLY FOOTPRINTS – Dec 2015, Grande-Synthe, Dunkirk

The International Organization for Migration estimates that more than 1 million migrants arrived across Europe in 2015. The continuing refugee crisis is being met with hostility instead of compassion. The footprint reminds us of the long and dangerous journeys they’ve undertaken in the hope of a new life.

 

POEM:

BROKEN

On the bathroom floor

I can smell the coffee burning

An addiction hanging like a wet towel

On a hook about to break.

I can’t move.

I am broken.

By the window

I am holding mirrors like shiny armour

Waiting for the sun

to fire back the light

so I can reflect it back

into darker corners of humanity.

Nobody’s getting any lighter.

We are broken.

Under clean sheets

I can’t feel the heat of orgasm

I am apologizing to the wall

for the dead little feet on the shore

for the cold hands in the camps

for the cold hearts in the shopping malls.

Unborn children have turned their backs to us.

They are broken.

In the cold sky

We see Hummingbirds

Flying frantically

Saving destitute clouds – one tea at a time.

I have touched their beaks of love

But the hunters keep shooting more clouds down

and they are hanging heavy on humanity.

Our Humanity.

        Is broken.

Jeta B, October 2015

Written after my first trip to Calais Jungle with the Hummingbird Project. We served over 1000 cups of tea over a rainy and muddy weekend.

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Description

Jeta B is a photographer and writer living and working in Brighton. Having lived through the Kosovo war that displaced half the population, she feels strongly about supporting refugees fleeing war and persecution.  #BeInTheirShoes is a photography project documenting life in the refugee camps near Calais and Dunkirk in northern France. Refugees rarely want to be photographed up-close as it could jeopardise their asylum claim in the UK, something many photojournalists have ignored. Being a volunteer with the Hummingbird Project herself, Jeta B is telling stories through refugees’ shoes and ordinary people offering extraordinary help. People who have really been in their shoes. 

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