Reference : V-P-SN-E-00306
Date : 10/03/2016
Country/Region : SENEGAL
Caption : Saint-Louis region, Pilote Barre village. ICRC helps families of missing migrants. Ndeye is 66 years old. Her son, Mafoss, left when he was 21 years old, after asking both for his mother’s and father’s permission. Mafoss wanted a new house. Like the other men in the village, he was a fisherman. Ndeye and her husband, who have seven children, live with 16 people all together. She sells handmade materials, bought in Dakar, and sells them in the village. She participates in ICRC and Senegalese Red Cross Society activities, like the support group and literacy activities and has also been selected to receive financial support.
Photographer : CENDON, José
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : She jokes that she is a better student than her children. Everyone in her family are fishermen so she knows that no news from her son means that he is dead. "The sea is not a home, there is no toilet, no kitchen, so I am sure he is dead”, she says. But she accepts it as God’s will. She says that if he died it was his destiny, she could not do anything to avoid it. He would have died even if he was in his room, it was god’s will. Her son stopped studying when he was 12 because he said he “wanted to earn money to buy a new house and not have any needs again”.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5616x3744
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour