Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Band Discover Refugee in Car Boot after Trip to 'The Jungle' ; Alarming Events on Visit to Migrant Camp

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Band Discover Refugee in Car Boot after Trip to 'The Jungle' ; Alarming Events on Visit to Migrant Camp

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BRAVE band members have told of their harrowing experience in a migrants' camp where a man was stabbed to death and a desperate refugee hid in their car boot.

Up-and-coming indie band Yiyan - made up from four school pals from Bolton - drove from Manchester to the French dockland camp, home nearly 5,000 migrants heading to Britain.

The teenagers said they were inspired to visit the makeshift camp - known as The Jungle - after seeing it in the news and being inspired to write a song about it. They went to hand out supplies and play an impromptu gig.

However, band members were stunned to discover the young Sudanese man as they headed home. Band manager Mick Watson said: "I stopped before the Eurotunnel to get a bag from the boot. I saw this face looking up at me. A boy was curled up and looked like a rabbit in the headlights.

"He must have been in there for two hours. He was about 16 and called Hussein. He begged me to take him to his mother and sister in Manchester. He said his father and brother had been butchered in front of him in Sudan. …

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