This comic story gives a human face to Calais refugees

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The continued plight of the refugees living in Calais seems to have fallen off the news agenda lately, even though concerns over immigration remain topiocal due to the EU referendum.

Many of those objecting to the arrival of people from foreign countries seem to prefer to forget that they are people too – many of them fleeing from deadly danger in their homelands.

Fortunately we have art and culture to remind us of the realities (now isn’t that a strange sentence to have to write?) and a UK comic artist is currently producing a piece about the Calais camps.

Here’s how Kate Evans sees the issue:

Comic artist Kate Evans is currently working on a graphic novel about the  current international refugee crisis, giving a human face to the 5000 plus people living in Calais that the British right wing press has done its best to both anonymise and demonise over the past few years.

Threads is a piece of cartoon reportage from a very brief stint volunteering at the Calais ‘refugee camp’,” she explains on her official web site. “I hope it helps raise awareness of a truly devastating humanitarian catastrophe.”

You can read the first chapter of Threads. The Calais Cartoon online here on Kate’s web site and she’s adding new pages of the upcoming work to her public Facebook page. The full graphic novel will be published by Verso in Spring 2017.

Source: Kate Evans “Threads” gives a human face to Calais refugees |


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