• Category Archives: PICTURES

  • Europe Within Reach, The View From Turkey

    March 13, 2013 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

    A view on the island of Lesvos, some 8km away from the Turkish coast.

  • Libya’s “Pearl of the Desert”

    January 1, 2013 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS



  • “No Ghana”: The road out of Nkoranza

    August 2, 2012 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS


    Nested in Ghana’s deep countryside, the sleepy town of Nkoranza has seen over the past 3 decades tens of thousands of its residents depart for greener pastures (though literally speaking, it’s hard to imagine such thing exists!)


    Since the 80′s, emigration has thrived on the town’s under-developement and high unemployment rate. Donyina Koranteng, the head of a local organization for Libyan returnees, says Nkoranza seemed so cut off from the rest of the country when he was a kid that locals gave it the nickname “No Ghana.”


    That was before the road (above) connecting Nkoranza to Ghana’s North-South highway was built… But little has changed since.


    Nearly half of the Ghanaian migrant workers who fled Libya last year hailed from Nkoranza and villages around. And some are on their way North again, undeterred by the risks they face on the road, and in post-Revolution Libya.


  • From Burkina to Ghana

    June 3, 2012 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

    Sahel Reserve, Northern Burkina Faso

       ”African Heroes,” Ouagadougou

    Ghana & Burkina Flags                

       Mohamed Murtala & baby girl

    Bolgatanga, Northern Ghana        

            Coco drink at the bus station

    On the road South, Ghana            

  • Islamist Groups Now Main Threat To North Mali Say Tuareg Refugees

    May 17, 2012 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS




    Mohamed Ag In’ Tahna (top left) arrived at Damba refugee camp yesterday at 5am. He had to leave 20 relatives at the border as their car broke down on the way. A camel took him to Damba, and he’s now looking for a vehicle to bring his family over. He says they fled their village near Timbuktu on Monday along with 2 other families because of the Sharia law imposed by Islamist groups.


    Alhader Ag Azar (bottom left) arrived at Ferrerio refugee camp 3 months ago. He had already spent 3 years in the mid-90′s on the same site as a refugee, “under the same tree.” He says he originally fled for fear of a military crackdown when the Tuareg rebellion kicked off, but is now staying put because of the rise of Islamist groups in North Mali.

  • Tuareg Girls at Refugee Camp, Northern Burkina

    May 15, 2012 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

  • A Somewhat Unhealthy Teaser

    May 10, 2012 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS


    This Brussels Airlines ad in Bamako translates into “Europe has never been so close” or “Putting Europe within your reach.”


    One out of three Malians live abroad today. Europe only hosts a small chunk of the diaspora, but has long been considered a prime destination.


    Beyond the claim that a 406,000 CFA ticket (about $810) is within reach of regular Malians in a country where the average monthly salary hovers around $60/month (…and beyond the claim that $810 for a flight to Europe is such a great deal to begin with), I can’t help but wonder if the “mad men” behind that ad have purposely designed it to tease Malians’ year for migration.

  • From Libya to Mali, a Tale of Two Returns

    April 25, 2012 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

    Haruna Traoré, a Malian who had spent a decade in Libya, compares the return

    of about 20,000 Malian migrant workers to that of some 2,000 Tuaregs and

    says they’ve been on the loser’s end twice — in Libya, and back home in Mali.

  • Electoral “night” in Bamako

    April 23, 2012 by marine_olivesi in with 0 COMMENTS

    Almost 8pm in Paris… Tuned in to TV5 Monde, a few expats and locals

    wait for the preliminary results of French Presidential election’s first round.

  • Welcome!

    April 9, 2012 by marine_olivesi in , , , with 0 COMMENTS trouble makers

    At a makeshift school for Syrian refugees in Hatay, Turkey (March ’12) © Gaia Anderson



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