Reference : V-P-SN-E-00305
Date : 09/03/2016
Country/Region : SENEGAL
Caption : Saint-Louis region, Pilote Barre village. ICRC helps families of missing migrants. Saer, 62 years old, has not heard from his son, Moustapha, 26 years old, since he left after finishing secondary school. Unlike most of the other men in the village, Moustapha was not a fisherman. He left in a pirogue with 70 others. He told his father he was leaving and he wished him luck. He even gave his son money to make the trip.
Photographer : CENDON, José
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Sear, who is a fisherman and has 15 children and three wives says: “Our generation didn’t dream of going to Europe but the new generation sees their friend go to Europe and come back with beautiful things and money”. Saer knew that the pirogue usually takes around 10 days to get there, so after several weeks without news he thought his son might be dead. He tried to find out by asking different organizations in several countries, but he could not find any news about his son. Saer’s wife suffered from mental problems after their son went missing and she is now being helped by the ICRC and the Senegalese Red Cross Society. She used to spend all day in bed, only getting up two times a day to eat something, watch TV and pray. She benefits from psychosocial support and is now improving.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour