Alfa was a refugee from Mauritania. He was an architect before he was forced to flee from his country in 2005. He has spent ten years crossing Africa, Turkey and Europe, trying to seek a safe haven and live a peaceful life. Instead he faced refusal, rejection, deportation and imprisonment in every country.
After ten years of struggle Alpha said he was exhausted and had given up trying to seek asylum.
When the new Jungle camp was set up on the sand dunes of Calais in 2015 he decided to use his traditional Mauritanian building skills to construct a permanent home for himself.
A Brief History of the Calais Refugee Crisis
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