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‘We did not survive to die on the streets of Hamburg’

MiCT The Niles
3,720km | When Gaddafi’s regime collapsed in 2011 it dramatically changed the lives of thousands of African migrant workers living in Libya.
3.03.2016  |  Hamburg, Germany
This Sudanese man fled Libya, traveling to Hamburg, Germany, where he and others want to stay. (photo: Tobias Zielony)
This Sudanese man fled Libya, traveling to Hamburg, Germany, where he and others want to stay. (photo: Tobias Zielony)

> Departure: Tripoli, Libya
> Arrival: Hamburg, Germany via Lampedusa, Italy
> Distance: 3,720km

 

African migrants living in Lybia were all of a sudden widely suspected of serving as mercenary soldiers for Gaddafi. They were pursued, arrested and some were killed.

In the chaos which followed his overthrow, a group managed to flee to Lampedusa, including the Sudanese man photographed here. They were given a surprisingly unbureaucratic reception, obtaining travel documents for the member states of the Schengen Agreement, as well as 500 Euro to pay for their travel.

They made their way to Hamburg and since then, the group has sought permission to stay and work in Germany, but thus far without success. Their slogan is: ‘We did not survive the NATO war in Libya to die on the streets of Hamburg.’


This portrait is taken by the German photographer Tobias Zielony, who has spent the last year photographing African refugees in Germany who have joined protest groups to try to improve their precarious situation.

Accompanied by texts from African authors, the pictures have been published in newspapers and magazines in their countries of origin. The publication of this photograph in The Niles is part of this project.

This article is part of:
On The Move: Experience is a solid walking stick
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