Michael Araya

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I painted this after hearing from my friends who made it to Europe.

MichaelArayaThese are refugees who made it to Libya and are risking everything to get to Italy by the Mediterranean Sea. They finally made it on a boat but there is now no one to save them.The smugglers stayed on the shore, sending them off without captain. The person driving the boat is a refugee himself who doesn’t know how to drive a boat. They have no guarantee of survival. The smugglers just collect money and do not care if they arrive dead or alive.


By Michael Arya, 24 year old, who lives in the Mai Aini refugee camp in Ethiopia.


This painting was made as an initiative of the Jesuit Refugee Service arts programme in Mai Aini refugee camp in Ethiopia and is published with their permission.


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