Photo by @alixandrafazzinanoor / @noorimages | In the scope of #refugeeweek2018 , we’ll be sharing stories of refugees and their different migrations around the world escaping their homes due to violence, war and trauma.
Next up, Alixandra Fazzina with her long-term project “A Million Shillings”. Across the Horn of Africa, war, abuse and poverty make millions miserable and drive thousands to attempt to flee. With land borders cut off or closed, and surrounded by conflict on all sides, one of the only means of escape is by sea. Her project follows the journey of desperate emigrants, or tahrib, to their embarkation points with smugglers on the coast of Somalia, on a perilous voyage across the Gulf of Aden, and onward in the search for a better life.
Caption: Somalia, Shimbiro, November 2007, As a storm sets in during the night, a smuggler’s boat becomes beached in rough seas at a remote cove on Somalia’s horn. Summoned by bursts of live gunfire, migrants and refugees sleeping in the surrounding mountains are ordered by the armed gangs to help stabilise the stricken vessel that they are waiting to board. Using ropes, they work in chain gangs at gunpoint, pulling hard to tow the boat into fierce incoming waves in an attempt free it from the sands.