Aid Workers Remove ‘Dismal Aid’ Sign From Banksy’s Recycled Refugee Camp

Banksy’s biggest piece of performance art has entered its final act. 

Months after claiming that material from the massive, dystopian theme park Dismaland would be repurposed as shelters for refugees in northern France, several shacks have been constructed in ‘The Jungle’ – a camp housing thousands of migrants looking to cross the channel to England.

Dismaland’s sign, which took the mickey out of the iconic Disney script, had been re-imagined itself to say ‘Dismal Aid’, and sweatshirts bearing the name of the park have also been handed out in the Calais refugee camp. Still, some aid workers removed the signage after suggesting it was exploiting the suffering of refugees, and there are fears the signage could even be auctioned on eBay
Conditions in ‘The Jungle’ have been described as “far below any minimum standards,” and there are concerns about the health of its inhabitants as winter approaches. 
While Banksy’s high-minded work on the project certainly sparked a conversation about the refugee crisis in Europe, it’ll take a lot more than a few wooden shelters to solve the crisis. 
You can watch an NBC report on the issue below:


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