Irregular migration, the problem (Save the Children)
The Egyptian village of Borg-Meghezil, close to one of the points at which the River Nile meets the Mediterranean Sea, lies in a region that has historically been associated with fish. Boys from here have traditionally followed their fathers’ footsteps into the fishing industry, whether at sea as fishermen or on dry land in the marketplace. However, this tradition is being surpassed by a new practice: ‘irregular migration’ – in an undocumented and illegal manner – across the Mediterranean to Europe. The perception is that this is a route to riches, yet it is often a route to misery.
This gallery relates to my photo essay entitled ‘Irregular migration, the problem (Save the Children)’, the material for which was gathered for the Irregular Migration of Minors programme of Save the Children (UK)’s Egypt office. The photo essay, like the captions below the images in this gallery, introduces you to children from Borg-Meghezil who may one day soon consider leaving for Europe, as well as young men who have returned from there, parents of boys who attempted the journey and activists working to raise awareness of the dangers of illegal migration. Together, the voices from this village tell a story that is not atypical for this region. Indeed, increasing numbers are trying to reach Europe from elsewhere on the Mediterranean coast, further inland in Egypt and other Arab World countries as well. Often they are ready to attempt this exit by whatever means necessary. With financial support from the European Union (EU), Save the Children is working to identify and promote alternatives and thereby turn the tide on this practice.
Almost all of the images in that story, as well as many others from the same series, may be purchased from this gallery as beautiful colour prints, high resolution downloads and greetings cards. They may also be shared for FREE as eCards and via various social networks. Simply click on any of the images below that interest you, and when the Lightbox appears, follow the links beneath it. Model releases are available in the great majority of cases – please just ask.