“Born again - The Mediterranean migration route” is a series of images taken while on board a search and rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea. It aims to document a turning point in the lives of those pushed away from their homes by suffering and forced to embark on a long and dramatic journey: the moment they are saved from an almost certain death at sea. The moment, using their own words, they “are born a second time”. This series of images is taken from a larger work documenting the current influx of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea.
With nearly 60 million displaced people in the world, we are facing the largest populations' movement since World War Two. Conflict, violence, oppressive regimes, instability, hunger and lack of access to viable alternatives leave these people with no choice but leaving their homes, embarking themselves and their children in terrible journeys and risking it all for a better and safer future. One of the deadliest routes in this mass migration is the Mediterranean Sea. Only during the first half of 2015, more than 100,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean from countries like Eritrea, Syria, Somalia and Yemen. More than 1,800 people have died attempting the crossing - over five times as many as during the equivalent period last year. Meanwhile in Europe, migration across the Mediterranean Sea is currently at the centre of heated political debates shaking the principles and values on which the European Union itself is based. By offering a glimpse on the journey across the Mediterranean, this series of photos aims to portray a turning point in the lives of those pushed away from their homes by suffering and hope: the moment they are saved from an almost certain death at sea. The moment, using their own words, they “are born a second time”.