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[The Guardian] Risking the Channel ‘death route’ to Britain – a photo essay
by The Guardian « on: September 25, 2020, 05:00:29 AM »




Risking the Channel ‘death route’ to Britain – a photo essay

For three weeks, two teams from Agence France-Presse followed Walid, a Kuwaiti, Falah, an Iraqi, and his two daughters, from the town of Grande-Synthe in northern France to Dover via the choppy waters of the Channel. Photographs by Sameer Al-Doumy. Text by by Clement Melki, Sameer Al-Doumy, Thomas Bernardi with the London bureau

Sameer Al-Doumy is a Syrian photographer born in Douma. He has spent seven years covering the war that has wracked his country since the 2011 uprising, including three years documenting human rights violations in his hometown. In late 2014, he began working for Agence France-Press as a self-taught freelance photographer. He believes in photography as a way to achieve change and justice. Sameer has had to leave Syria for his own safety, and works under a pseudonym to protect himself and his family members.

Britain! After years trekking through countless countries, weeks in a filthy camp on the French coast, seven gruelling hours on a small boat tossed about by the Channel, Walid has finally made it. He’s managed to cross the so-called death route. His friend Falah, though, is still waiting.

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