Days after migrants began pitching tents in a new location along an old railway line in Dunkirk, northern France, last week, Dawan Anwar Mahmud quickly seized the opportunity to build the first makeshift camp restaurant.
Made of a wooden frame using nearby trees and covered with a tarpaulin, the restaurant was built in one day and is slightly stronger than a tent.
It’s a precarious existence: On Tuesday, the police arrived at the camp, evicted the inhabitants and demolished their tents and shelters.
Eventually, Mahmud’s goal is to open a more permanent restaurant. For now, he thinks Britain is his best bet, but he is keeping an open mind.
“For me, if it’s France or the UK or Germany or Belgium, it’s the same thing,” he said. “I just came here to start a new life.”
Photo retouching Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson; Text editing William Maclean; Layout Julia Dalrymple