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In September 2016, an exchange of voice messages took place between people in the Calais migrant camp and people in Oxford, UK over 7 days. 
On Day 1, The UK Government announced it was building a wall along the border in France.
At this tense and uncertain moment, we created a bridge over the border with our ears and our voices.
Days after this exchange took place, the French Government destroyed the Calais migrant camp, forcibly removing and displacing up to 10,000 people.

Warning: Some people may find some of these messages upsetting. 

Calais
"Hello... UK?"
Calais - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Calais - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
"Instead of building walls, they should build bridges..."
Oxford, UK
Oxford - Ed
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Miriam
00:00 / 00:00
"Well done you, for having the courage..."
Oxford - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford (Arabic) - Ebi
00:00 / 00:00
Calais (English translated) - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Tom
00:00 / 00:00
"Human beings are members of a whole..."
Oxford - Isobel
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Eva
00:00 / 00:00
Calais (English) 2 - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Calais (English) - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
"Please send help to the people of the jungle, so we can get out of the jungle, from this terrible situation.
 
I am sending all of you happy greetings. May goodness come to all of you."
Oxford - Lucie
00:00 / 00:00
"I really hate the idea of this wall, I hope something better can be found for you..."
Oxford (Arabic) 2 - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford (Arabic) - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Calais - Poem from Afghanistan (English) - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Calais - Poem (English) - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Calais (English translated) - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Tanny
00:00 / 00:00

“We’re all brothers and sisters… and we can do better. We can do much better.”
Oxford - Pat
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Anon
00:00 / 00:00
"We ask the government of England to make us a stable path so that we can go to England...
 
...One of my brothers died and he was fourteen. Right now he is in the Calais police station..."
Oxford (French) - Dot
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Rachael
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Annelinde
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Hannah
00:00 / 00:00
Calais - (English translated)
00:00 / 00:00
Calais - (English translated)
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Calais - (English Translated)
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Oxford - Ben
00:00 / 00:00

"The messages that I’ve heard today have reminded me that there is more that I can give. If you are listening to this, my promise to you is that I will try to do more."
Oxford - Miriam
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Emma
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Markus
00:00 / 00:00
Oxford - Danny
00:00 / 00:00

The Channel 2016 was initiated by Isobel Tarr, a student of Social Sculpture at Oxford Brookes University.

 

It was realised with support from:

Refugee Info Bus

Asylum Welcome

Fusion Arts

East Oxford Community Centre

Students & Staff of MA Social Sculpture Oxford Brookes 2016

& volunteers:

Danny Ashok (Voice)

Jhon Barrieros (Tech)

Munazza Ebtikar (Translation)

Johnny Fill (Sound)

Fuchsia Hart (Translation)

Hanaa Oeini (Translation)

Yasmine Rahemtulla

Laurence Ware

Nigel Whitmey (Voice)