This Week in Pictures: Oct. 22-28
This week, French authorities prepared to clear the migrant camp known as “The Jungle” in Calais, France. For those looking to cross the English Channel and gain access into Britain, the camp was the penultimate stop in a long journey. For Europe, the camp became a symbol the struggle to handle the influx of migrants and refugees from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa. French officials planned for the thousands of migrants that had taken shelter in Calais to be relocated to shelters across the country, but those shelters are hosted by towns that have largely been demonstrating against the arrival of the migrants.
On Wednesday it was announced by the UN Refugee Agency that 2016 has become the deadliest year for migrants crossing the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe. “We’re receiving more reports of deaths in the [Mediterranean]. We can now confirm that at least 3,800 people have died, making 2016 the deadliest ever,” William Spindler, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, wrote on Twitter.
In Iraq, the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State continued as security forces continued to push towards the city. The military operation has displaced thousands of civilians fleeing the conflict and the Islamic State.
In the United States, the marathon that is the presidential election has entered its final sprint with only two weeks to go until Election Day. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump both campaigned in key battleground states as the polls continued to trend in Clinton’s favor.