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Escaping Poverty, War, Violence and Persecution

Neca Dantas | Italy

Economic migrant

In Africa, there are more than 18 million displaced persons according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. They are children, men and women fleeing war, civil conflicts, brutal regimes, persecution, famine—political, environmental and economic reasons to name a few. The sub-Sahara region alone, the number of people in movement has soared.

The migrants’ journey had taken them across Africa to Libya – a lawless country where human trafficking is a booming business. Once in Libya their degradations are reinforced—rape, robbery, kidnapping, imprisonment, forced labor, and even death awaits them in Libya.

My intimate portraits are about the bravery and remarkable resilience of the men, women and children whose lives are unimaginable to many and yet whose hope for a better future moves them forward.

In Africa, there are more than 18 million displaced persons according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. They are children, men and women fleeing war, civil conflicts, brutal regimes, persecution, famine—political, environmental and economic reasons to name a few. The sub-Sahara region alone, the number of people in movement has soared.

2016 was pivotal for it was the deadliest year for migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean between Libya and Italy. The most dangerous and difficult route, it is used primarily by migrants and refugees from Africa. Last year I travelled to Sicily – to document their last hopes for a better future in Europe. In doing so I witnessed human tragedy.

The migrants’ journey had taken them across Africa to Libya – a lawless country where human trafficking is a booming business. Once in Libya their degradations are reinforced--rape, robbery, kidnapping, imprisonment, forced labor, and even death.

My intimate portraits are about the bravery and remarkable resilience of the men, women and children whose lives are unimaginable to many and yet whose hope for a better future moves them forward.

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