Somalis Risking Their Lives Fleeing …

Photographer Alixandra Fazzina tells us about her series A Million Shillings – Escape from Somalia. A million Somali shillings, about the equivalent of $50, is the price paid by emigrants, or tahrib, risking their lives to embark with smugglers on a perilous voyage across the Gulf of Aden in the search of a better life.

Alixandra recalls the harrowing details of the stories behind her photographs; from meeting the smugglers, witnessing executions, and capturing the many lives lost – one in twenty do not survive the journey.

From pictures captured during armed conflict to anti-fascist protests to global pandemics to the start of a revolution, when you are on the front line, picking up a camera can often result in an image that immortalises a moment in time.

In this series, we interview photographers whose photos have become synonymous with important world events. They relive the story behind the images, regaling us with their tales from the front line. We hear how they documented the truth, sometimes even risking their lives, to provide proof of events that stay long after the memories fade.

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