A Million Shillings.
Escape from Somalia.
Photographs by Alixandra Fazzina.
Trolley, London, 2008. 248 pp., 100 color illustrations., 6¾x9".
Across the Horn of Africa, war, abuse and poverty make
millions miserable and drive thousands to flee. With land
borders cut off or closed, and surrounded by conflict on all
sides, one of the only means of escape is by sea. This book follows the journey of desperate emigrants, or ‘tahrib’, to their embarkation points with people smugglers on
the coast of Somalia, on a perilous voyage in tiny boats across
the Gulf of Aden, and onward in search of a better life. The cost is just $50, or one million Somali shillings. With a onein twenty chance of not making it to the other side alive, it is a price they must risk their lives for. Even then, it is a journey which for many, will remain
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