From The Jungle no.2: Freedom of Movement

Freedom of movement is a fundamental freedom enshrined in the EU’s founding treaties. At the risk of sounding too much like a lawyer, the rationale behind the principle is that EU citizens can move freely between member states with the view of fostering cooperation, productivity and unity across the Union- mainly for economic purposes.

The kind of freedom of movement these people are seeking is not the EU-sharing workforces-growing economy-single market kind.

But the human rights kind.

And the literal-being-able-to-physically-move kind.

Freedom of movement is a human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and various other constitutions and treaties. It encapsulates the right of individuals to ‘leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Yet thousands of refugees are trapped within Europe, at borders, at sea, forced into camps, dying, being tear gassed and attacked.

Not being able to move on. Not being able to go back.

Falsely imprisoned.

Three words spray painted across plastic on a incomplete makeshift shelter, white letters dripping. In another light, the words look red, almost like blood.

These people don’t want clothes, shoes or even food.

They want the freedom to be free.