In December 2015, this project originated in the refugee camp in Calais, called “Jungle”. “Jungle is a name commonly used for makeshift, informal refugee camps in Northern France. It relates to the perception of refugees being treated worse than animals by the government and authorities and being robbed of their human rights. To choose a name (“Jungle Maps”) that referred to this seemed to be obvious. But as the project’s goal is to empower refugees and humanitarian helpers to help turn the camps into better, more safe and comfortable places, we felt the negative connotation of the “jungle” was not adequate anymore. Instead we chose an inclusive, energetic and forward-looking term: “MapFugees”.
One of the results of the Jungle Maps project in Calais was the creation of a map of the camp. See it here: