Sergi Cámara: The Wall of Europe

Sergi Cámara: The Wall of Europe

In northern Morocco there are two coastal cities cut-off from the rest of the African continent. Melilla and Ceuta are autonomous Spanish ports—European exclaves—and for scores of African migrants they represent a gateway to Europe. Migrants routinely attempt to scale the walls that surround each city, but the dangerous climb is just one of many obstacles they must pass if they are to be successful. Death and injury are common in this scramble to reach Europe by any means necessary.

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A group of immigrants hide from Europe in the Gurugu Mountains, watching the lights of the Spanish city of Melilla.

A group of immigrants hide from Europe in the Gurugu Mountains, watching the lights of the Spanish city of Melilla.

A young immigrant comes out of hiding for fear of raids by the Moroccan police. The police are always in the mountains where hundreds of young Africans hide with the hopes to move to Europe.

A young immigrant comes out of hiding for fear of raids by the Moroccan police. The police are always in the mountains where hundreds of young Africans hide with the hopes to move to Europe.

An injured immigrant, beaten by police in Morocco, is hiding in the Gurugu Mountains.

An injured immigrant, beaten by police in Morocco, is hiding in the Gurugu Mountains.

A group of immigrants choose which path to take to try to jump the fence that separates them from Europe.

A group of immigrants choose which path to take to try to jump the fence that separates them from Europe.

Once they have jumped the fence, immigrants to Spain struggle with police to avoid being deported to Morocco.

Once they have jumped the fence, immigrants to Spain struggle with police to avoid being deported to Morocco.

An injured immigrant, after struggling with the Spanish police to avoid deportation.

An injured immigrant, after struggling with the Spanish police to avoid deportation.

To avoid deportation, an immigrant hides under a car after jumping the fence that separated him from Europe.

To avoid deportation, an immigrant hides under a car after jumping the fence that separated him from Europe.

After jumping the fence, an immigrant climbed a lamppost on the Spanish side to avoid being caught and deported by the Spanish police. After spending several hours up the lamppost, he asks for some water.

After jumping the fence, an immigrant climbed a lamppost on the Spanish side to avoid being caught and deported by the Spanish police. After spending several hours up the lamppost, he asks for some water.

Young men from the Ivory Coast, on top of the fence that separates them from Europe, ask for clemency from the police who arrested them. Even though these immigrants were already in Spanish territory, they were deported illegally to Morocco.

Young men from the Ivory Coast, on top of the fence that separates them from Europe, ask for clemency from the police who arrested them. Even though these immigrants were already in Spanish territory, they were deported illegally to Morocco.

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