Fe­male jour­nal­ist ‘raped by knife-wield­ing mi­grants’ at Calais Jungle camp

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A FE­MALE in­ter­preter work­ing on a doc­u­men­tary about the plight of vul­ner­a­ble refugee chil­dren has been raped at knife­point in the Calais mi­grant camp, French po­lice re­vealed.

The ter­ri­fied 38-year-old was robbed by three armed men from the Jungle, one of whom raped her whilst the other two threat­ened her col­league with a blade.

The uniden­ti­fied woman, who was help­ing a jour­nal­ist from with a French news broad­caster, was at­tacked in the early hours of the morn­ing at the en­trance of the no­to­ri­ous shanty town.

French pros­e­cu­tors con­firmed that they had “proof” the woman was raped, and said they have col­lected DNA ev­i­dence to help them find the at­tack­ers.

She was liv­ing in Paris, al­though orig­i­nally from Afghanistan, and had been em­ployed to in­ter­pret for mi­grants speak­ing the Pash­tun lan­guage which is com­mon in her home­land and neigh­bour­ing Pak­istan.

The shock­ing in­ci­dent is just the lat­est ex­am­ple of the ex­treme vi­o­lence plagu­ing the Calais mi­grant camp, and comes just a day after jour­nal­ists from Sky News were at­tacked by asy­lum seek­ers hurl­ing rocks.

In a state­ment lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor Pas­cal Mar­conville said: “A 38-yearold in­ter­preter from Afghanistan, who is liv­ing in Paris, was ac­com­pa­ny­ing a free­lance jour­nal­ist from a pro­duc­tion com­pany who was pre­par­ing a doc­u­men­tary for [a French news chan­nel] on un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors.”

He said the pair were at­tend­ing a pre-ar­ranged meet­ing with mi­grants in­side the Jungle when they en­coun­tered “three in­di­vid­u­als, speak­ing Pash­tun, armed with a knife”.

He added: “They at­tacked them and stole their equip­ment and their cam­era. While two of the in­di­vid­u­als threat­ened the jour­nal­ist with a knife, the third raped the young fe­male in­ter­preter.”

The woman was im­me­di­ately taken to hos­pi­tal after the at­tack to be checked over, and she then filed a com­plaint of rape at the po­lice sta­tion in Calais.

Jour­nal­ists and aid work­ers have been fre­quently warned about the dan­gers of work­ing in the Jungle camp, which con­tains a small hard­core of se­ri­ous crim­i­nals amongst its ap­prox­i­mately 6,000 refugees.

This week Sky News jour­nal­ist Mark Stone re­vealed how he and his crew suf­fered a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal in Calais when they were at­tacked by a gang of mi­grants hurl­ing rocks.

The TV re­porter and his crew were left “cut, bruised and with­out one of their cam­eras” after be­ing am­bushed in the mid­dle of the night near a petrol sta­tion on a road lead­ing to the town’s port.

He said: “We had been wel­comed ear­lier by the mi­grants, we felt no threat.

“We spot­ted them and filmed briefly, but then two dozen turned up. Rocks were thrown fol­lowed by a sus­tained at­tack with knives and sticks un­til we reached our car - cut, bruised and with­out one of our cam­eras.

“What we ex­pe­ri­enced last night was fright­en­ing. Th­ese men are ev­i­dently vi­o­lent and they’re dan­ger­ous. They wres­tled us to the ground and they hit us.”

He added: “It is not un­usual. It is hap­pen­ing here on a nightly ba­sis.”

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