CALAIS, France – With poignant prayers, Eritrean migrants are attending the final service at a makeshift church in what remains of the squalid camp in the French port of Calais.
Scores of people squeezed into the service Sunday at a small Orthodox church erected at the camp that has come to epitomize Europe's struggle to absorb migrants and refugees.
The church is one of many handmade structures — including mosques, schools and shops — that demonstrated the migrants' enterprising spirits and offered them solace amid hardship.
French authorities are evacuating the residents of the so-called "jungle" and razing its tents and shanties, which housed up to 10,000 people at its height.
Calais, a gateway to the English Channel, has long been a magnet for migrants from the Mideast and Africa seeking to reach Britain.