Africans on way to Britain build thatched reminder of life they’ve left behind

Posing by the al fresco dining table, Alpha from Mauritania is clearly proud of his new home.

Handbuilt from scraps of wood and covered in plastic sheeting, it boasts a thatched roof – just like his former house back in his north African homeland.

Inside his French home are two leather sofas, his guitar and bed. Outside there’s a shed for his chickens, Lily and Jean.

Just round the corner two of his neighbours, from Libya, are putting the finishing touches to their two-storey wooden hut, complete with an elevated veranda to take in the surrounding view.

Welcome to the migrants’ new home from home in the sand dunes on the outskirts of Calais…

unnamed-12Alpha from Mauritania is clearly proud of his new home. Handbuilt from scraps of wood and covered in plastic sheeting, it boasts a thatched roof – just like his former house back in his north African homeland

h/t Marvin

  • tipp

    Excellent. Solving the House crisis here

  • Maggat

    An ideal and inexpensive solution to the homeless problem.

    • FactsWillOut

      Until you have a couple thousand crapping all over the place, and cholera, etc.

      • Maggat

        We have that anyway. Give them a bucket and see how that works out, poop or water. That’d be a head scratcher.

    • tom_billesley

      Most in the UK would agree, but I think that the French might object.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    If Lady Thatcher were still around, she should feel honored.

  • Petey

    I’m impressed. I couldn’t do that.

    • Frau Katze

      I’ve seen a lot worse. But I suspect this skill will be lost in the next generation.

      • Petey

        They’ll just Google it.

    • FactsWillOut

      I pity the fool who tries to bury himself in sand where his latrine used to be.

  • tom_billesley

    Not very trusting of his fellow mahometans, roping his furniture together like that.

    • FactsWillOut

      Seems they haven’t progressed to the machete stage yet. How quaint.

  • Justin St.Denis

    I have to admire this chap. Also, I see a BIG FUTURE for him In the summer barbecue and luau market. That little hut could make a really cool outdoor bar. 😉

    • FactsWillOut

      He would have to behead himself for serving alcohol.

      • Justin St.Denis

        His choice. Success American-style or death, islamic-style. His bed. His sheets. His pen. His box to check. Again, his choice.

  • FactsWillOut

    Try that on a beach in Canada, and you get stormtroopers up the wazoo.
    Heck, you can only park on crown land for 21 days at a time, and that’s for citizens.
    Caligula’s subjects had more freedom than we do.

    • Palidor

      Yea. but Canada doesn’t have tens of thousands of people doing this at the same time.

    • lolwut?

      You can apply to live on Crown land, you just have to have a viable plan for it
      How you will deal with waste management, water use, garbage…etc and paying for things like an Arborist to inspect the area to make sure any trees cut down don’t have negative effect on the area and other trees.

  • FactsWillOut

    Looks like the Brits were right about starting at Calais and all.

    • tom_billesley

      What worries the Brits is, his next project’s a boat.

  • Frances

    Actually, thatched cottages were once quite common in England. Remember seeing a few when was over there.

    • Justin St.Denis

      There are still many meticulously maintained cottages of that sort.

    • tom_billesley

      This one is near Dorchester in Dorset.
      Picturesque, but the fire insurance can be a tad expensive.

  • G

    It looks wonderful. All it needs is a can of gasoline and a match.