This file photo taken on November 25, 2015 shows migrants listening to a guitarist performing in a makeshift theatre, in the so-called "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France. AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN
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In the heart of the Calais migrant shantytown in northern France known as the "Jungle," a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" rings out from the ramshackle headquarters of the camp's very own radio station.It's a chance to lighten the mood at a time when freezing temperatures have made conditions in the camp even grimmer for the thousands trapped here, looking for a way to reach Britain from the port city.Jungala Radio launched its first program on New Year's Day via Facebook and Soundcloud and is gradually building a team of producers and journalists from the camp community. One of their budding hacks is a 15-year-old Iraqi Kurd who has been living in the Jungle for three months. Next door to the well-stocked Jungle library, a volunteer is struggling to teach some basic French to a small group of Sudanese and Afghans – a sign that at least some people in the camp are now considering asylum in France rather than Britain.
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