Two members of a documentary crew claim they were attacked with a knife and pepper spray while filming in a refugee camp in France. Footage of the purported incident has gone viral.
Teun Voeten and Maaike Engels say they were at the camp Friday in Calais recording footage for a film called “Calais: Welcome to the Jungle.” That’s when they were approached by three unnamed residents of the camp.
The camp is nicknamed “the jungle” because of the squalid conditions. It is currently home to about 4,000 refugees mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the people who live there are trying to get to Britain.
Voeten said Saturday, in a post on Facebook, that he was nearly robbed by the group. He explained that nothing was stolen and called his female colleague, Engels, “unflappable” for kicking an attacker “when he came lurching with a knife at her.”
The photographer added that Engels was able to capture “remarkable footage” of the incident.
The footage, posted Saturday on YouTube had been watched more than 230,000 times by Monday morning.
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