An immigrant crosses railway tracks in Calais, France
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Afghan man on childhood Channel Tunnel escape

An Afghan man has described how he smuggled himself into Britain through the Channel Tunnel as a teenager.

"Ali" left Afghanistan aged 14 after Taliban fighters invaded his village and killed many members of his family.

In 2000, two years later, he jumped onto a vehicle-transporter at Calais and hid behind the wheels of a lorry onboard.

Speaking with journalist Michael Goldfarb for 5 live's From Kabul to Kent documentary, Ali said: "If the police had caught me, I wouldn't be here right now."

From Kabul to Kent is broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday 9 February at 21:00 GMT

  • 07 Feb 2014
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