In my previous article about the refugee camp in Calais, France—known colloquially as “The Jungle”—I mentioned how happy people appeared to be there but like everything that looks too good on the surface, there is a darker side to the camp trying to claw its way out.

It was my second day in The Jungle, and I had made some friends who opened up to me about life in the campSome revealed why they refused to move or stay in other camps around Europe.

One of the young lads who was willing to talk with me was Stavan, from Kurdistan, age 21 from Sulaymina, Iraq. He once had family in Mosul but they were killed by ISIS. Stavan’s story was different from others because he still has family in Iraq, but does not want to live there anymore. He fears the government and hates the president. He goes on to tell me, “that our president is a dictator and he oppresses our people, he fixes the voting. I do not want to be there when it all goes bad.”

He had made the rough journey from Iraq through Turkey, then Greece, into Germany, and finally to France. He went on to tell me he was in Germany for while where he was finger printed and processed by the police. They also still have his passport. When I asked him why he did not want to stay in Germany he replied, “Because it’s not safe there. ISIS is there in the refugee camp. I know no Kurd who wants to be there. If they find out I am a Kurd, I am dead. You don’t realize that ISIS has spies everywhere. It’s not safe.”