I am so proud I could burst.
Refugee actors from Calais Jungle performed their original play for an audience of 450 at Caritas International Youth Conference. The play about their journey by boat from Egypt to Italy, their abuse by Italian police, and their tenuous relationship to France moved the audience.
The theme of the conference was migrants. Refugees from Calais Jungle stole the show, event after event: They taught Farsi and Arabic; Iranian filmmakers screened their documentary; Sudanese musicians brought down the house with a performance of traditional songs; a Sudanese leader – also a refugee in Calais Jungle — laid out the current conditions in this unofficial tent city.
Living in conditions that are increasingly dense, dreary, unhygienic, and underserved, they rallied.
Thank you, Hisham Aly at Caritas, for folding me into your extraordinary vision, and for demonstrating the skillful dance of mentoring people from a culture previously unknown to me.
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