The Forgotten Migrants
Work in progress
Union of the Comoros. June 2015
Europe is enduring the most significant migratory crisis since 1945 and is going to welcome 160.000 additional migrants. 10.000 km away from mainland France, Mayotte has deported in 2014 nearly 20.000 illegal migrants at the border. Anjouan Island is just 70 km far away from the Eldorado Mayotte. But the crossing by kwassa, some makeshift boats, is dangerous: almost 10.000 migrants have officially drowned since 1995.
This migratory tragedy, too distant future, has received much less attention from the media than the Mediterranean shipwrecks and from the politicians.
This migratory flow in the Mozambique Channel involves primarily the Comorians. Other migrants come from Madagascar, Tanzania or conflict-affected countries: The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Syria, Sudan, Palestina, Yemen. All of them want and deserve a better life.