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France: Muslim refugees gather for prayers at makeshift mosque in Calais camp01:27

France: Muslim refugees gather for prayers at makeshift mosque in Calais camp

France, Calais
June 6, 2016 at 17:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Muslim refugees congregated for prayers as the holy month of Ramadan began on Monday, at a makeshift mosque in the refugee camp in Calais, informally known as 'the Jungle.' It is estimated that between 60 and 70 percent of the camp's residents are Muslim.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and lasts 29-30 days, during which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and practice increased self-discipline.

Calais has been flooded with undocumented refugees and asylum-seekers travelling from across Europe who gather in the town before attempting to cross the English Channel into England. The problem has exacerbated the past months with the migrant population growing from a few hundred to thousands due to problems arising in North Africa and the Middle East.

France: Muslim refugees gather for prayers at makeshift mosque in Calais camp01:27
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Muslim refugees congregated for prayers as the holy month of Ramadan began on Monday, at a makeshift mosque in the refugee camp in Calais, informally known as 'the Jungle.' It is estimated that between 60 and 70 percent of the camp's residents are Muslim.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and lasts 29-30 days, during which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and practice increased self-discipline.

Calais has been flooded with undocumented refugees and asylum-seekers travelling from across Europe who gather in the town before attempting to cross the English Channel into England. The problem has exacerbated the past months with the migrant population growing from a few hundred to thousands due to problems arising in North Africa and the Middle East.