This photograph - taken in 2000, 15 years before the body of Alan Kurdi was pictured on a Turkish beach - was not believed by the western world when it first came out... now the drownings are seen as inconvenience or self inflicted.
Here’s what the photographer Javier Bauluz said about it: "This photograph is taken in Tarifa, on the beach of Los Alemanes, at the beginning of September 2000. I spent 40 days and 40 nights covering that story because the only images that were taking place were those of the boat of salvage picking up some boats in the strait and then when they took the immigrants to the port of Tarifa. But that was not reality. The reality was that they reached the coast at night or at dawn and in terrible conditions. There was not any kind of humanitarian aid for those shipwrecked, only the Civil Guard, which detained them and kept them for a few hours without medical attention. It is similar to what is happening now with thousands of immigrants and refugees trying to reach Europe. At that time the door [entrance to Europe] was the Strait of Gibraltar, which is 14 kilometers. They crossed from Morocco in small boats and in zodiacs; 24 people or more came, crowded like sardines ". About the photographer: Javier Bauluz (1960, Spain) is a photographer and journalist committed to the defense of human rights. He won a Pulitzer in 1995 with Jean Marc Bouju, Karsten Thielker and Jacqueline Arzt, the team of news photographers that covered the Rwanda crisis for the Associated Press. He also has worked for Reuters and Staff and published his work in The New York Times, El País Magazine, La Vanguardia, El Mundo, Time and Geo. He covered the wars in Central America in the late 1980s, Pinochet’s last years in power, the first Palestinian Intifada, the Rwanda crisis and waves of migration to Spain and Europe since 1996. He has also produced in-depth reports and documentaries from Latin America, Africa and the Near East. #refugees #refugeeswelcome #photography @javierbauluz2