Eritrean Migrants Hold Final Service at Makeshift Migrant Church in Calais

Migrants pray during the final service at a makeshift church in what remains of the squalid camp near Calais, northern France, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. French authorities are evacuating the residents of the so-called "jungle" camp and razing its tents and shanties. They housed up to 10,000 people and epitomized Europe's migrant drama. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Migrants pray during the final service at a makeshift church in what remains of the squalid camp near Calais, northern France, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. French authorities are evacuating the residents of the so-called “jungle” camp and razing its tents and shanties. They housed up to 10,000 people and epitomized Europe’s migrant drama. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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.

SOURCE: The Associated Press