Desappeared boy in 2006. He was trying to arrive to Spain with his brother.
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Yaye Bayom lost her only son who left to Spain in 2007. To leave was for him the only way to survive. Since then she put all her effords trying to convince guys to change their reality at home instead of leaving.
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Thiaroye-sur-mer, is a fishing community of 40 thousand inhabitants of the city of Pikine, east of Dakar,. In 2005-206 they lost 878 men on their way to Europe.
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"To leave is a matter of survival. Here there is no money, no job, nothing to do. Without a job the guys will always leave. "
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Bety Ngom, 67 years old, she lives of charity and selling food in the street with her daughter and niece. His son of 37years old left in 2007 and never come back to his family.
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Ngay (1960) has raised her nephew as a son, he was the men of the house and with his father was who brought food at home. He was 21 years old when he decided to join some friend in Spain. He left from St. Luis by night with a pirogue. After a week they received a calling, his boat was sunk.
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Siraniang has lost her brother in the ocean in 2005.
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They are founder of ACRFAT (Association des Clandestine Rapatries et Families Affects de Thiaroye), the association of migration in Thiaroye Sur Mer that try help them psycologically and financially. Their son left in 2006 to help his family, he was 21 years old.
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Badai Osmane. her son disappeared in 2009, he arrived to Mauritania but she doesn't know anything after that. After several years she could paid the huge debt he had done to leave (750.000 cfa) and she is afraid he doesn’t call because he’s not enough money.
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Aita Dien Ina (56). Her son Abdu Mar never come back. He called her from Mauritania saying that hi was fine. After that nothing. People say that he's closed in a detention camp.
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Bintù Gna. Her son left looking for a job from Morocco to Spain, he was 20 years old. According to his gps he seems to be in Spain.. but she doesn't understand why he doesn't call, after ten years.
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His mother used to go every day to the airport to see if she could find him between those who was repatriated. When she though she was becoming crazy she started to think about him as dead.
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Khady Cisse and her husband are the grand parents of a disappeared boy. She says she is happy that at least they could know that his boat sank and avoid years torturing themselves waiting in vain.
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THOSE WHO REMAIN, MOTHERS OF THIAROYE SUR MER
"To leave is a matter of survival. Here there is no money, no job, nothing to do. Without a job the guys will always leave."
Thiaroye-sur-mer, is a fishing community of 40 thousand inhabitants of the city of Pikine, located east of Dakar. Only in 2005/06 they lost 878 men while on their way to Europe.
This is a story about the mothers of those missing sons who disappeared at sea or vanished in the deserts of Mali and Libya during the long journeys of hope towards Europe.
Mothers who don’t even know if, when, how and where their sons died. Patiently, they spend their days in pain and expectation and still wait, every moment, for that call. They didn't celebrate their son’s funeral and will never do.
The dangers that exist, not only in the Mediterranean, but also in the Atlantic Ocean and in the desert, doesn’t discourage migration. People’s wish to be in the First World is too strong.
A recent survey on a sample of 250 potential Senegalese migrants, revealed that less than a half of the respondents (48%) thinks that death is a real risk. In second place were listed imprisonment (25%) and forced return (10%).
We always look at those who arrive in our borders. I felt important to focus on the women that remained behind, at home, fighting with poverty and sense of loss.
August 2016, Diana Bagnoli
THOSE WHO REMAIN, MOTHERS OF THIAROYE SUR MER "To leave is a matter of survival. Here there is no money, no job, nothing to do. Without a job the guys will always leave." Thiaroye-...