I spend a lot of time at the tide's edge watching the waves, looking at and thinking about what the sea is bringing us. Again and again my mind conjures up images of small overcrowded and ill-equipped boats filled with people hoping to reach land. Many never do. The vast majority of migrant deaths have been in the Mediterranean Sea, where almost 23,900 people have been recorded dead or missing since 2014. Death by Drowning has become a regular occurrence. It's become background noise which rumbles on. Words such as migrants and refugees have lost their power. It's easy to forget that each one is human being with a name and a life - like me. Each person has hopes and dreams - like me. They are brave, strong and active in that they are not accepting their situations. They are trying to change their lives and take control. Two Syrian men - Shadi Omar Kataf and Mouaz al Balkhi - bought wetsuits and dived into the choppy waters of the Channel. They washed up on the shores of Norway. These works are my response to this terrible and shameful situation.
In the sample opening lines of reports below I have replaced the words migrant and refugee with the word people.
9/10/2022 A record number of 25 boats carrying 1605 people across the Channel 6/10/2022 10 boats carrying 541 people were recorded crossing the Channel 22/09/2022 At least 77 peopledrowned and many still missing after shipwreck off the coast of Syria 26 Jul 2022 Last November, a rubber dinghy carrying 34 people sank in the English Channel, killing 31 people and an unborn baby 29 April 2022 More than 3,000 people died or went missing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean and the Atlantic last year, hoping to reach Europe. 5 April 2022 Between January 1 and March 28, about 300 peopledied along the Central Mediterranean route, while 3,100 were captured and returned to Libya.. Of the 2021 total, 1,924 people were reported to have died or gone missing on the Central and Western Mediterranean routes, while an additional 1,153 perished or went missing on the Northwest African maritime route to the Canary Islands.