6 imagesOn August 16, 2005 something happened that would change the Spain forever. On that day a ship arrived at Tenerife with 100 African immigrants aboard. They had tried to enter into the country, and hence the prosperity of Europe, in a clandestine way. Many people are desperate enough to attempt this and tragically many die in the effort. This was the first time such a trip was recorded and it shocked everyone. From that day, a trickle has turned into a human tide and the distances travelled has extended. Initially boats would carry small groups, now we often see crowded vessels packed with around 100 desperate and often half-dead people travelling around 1,000 kilometers to reach a land of plenty. In the summer of 2006 up to 1,000 people arrived every day. Immigration implies an enormous amount of loss. A person is involved in abandoning a country of origin, a previous life with loved ones. This is replaced with suffering as one tries to integrate into a country that more often than not offers little in the way of a welcome or hospitality. "My desire and yearning is continuously to go to my house and to see the sunshine return." (an immigrant)
12 imagesOn July 30, 2006 I rushed to La Tejita beach, in the south of Tenerife island. It was midday and the beach was full of tourists. A boat with 88 people on board had just arrived Sub-Saharan Africa. The people on the beach reacted immediately, giving the starving and thirsty arrivals water, food and shelter until the Red Cross arrived. Whole story was awarded the World Press Photo in the category of people in the news in 2007.