BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography graduate Marcus Drinkwater has been documenting a Spanish Search and Rescue vessel off the coast of Libya, working with NGO Proactiva Open Arms.
The sad reality of the geo-political disaster means that many sub-Saharans seek passage through Libya, facing many dangers in the process. Men are forced to work in agriculture to pay smugglers for their place on the dingy while women are often abused and sold into sex slavery, with many pregnant on board.
Marcus, who graduated in 2016, recalls a particular day while working and said: “We were the only NGO in on the coast able to transport migrants and picked up 682 refugees between 6am-8pm. If Proactiva were unable to provide safe passage it could have been a humanitarian disaster, many would have drowned or be returned to Libya to face persecution from smugglers and human traffickers.”
Marcus’ important and compelling work documents the people and places impacted over the course of a few months. We got in touch with him to learn more about his involvement and experience…